Courtney Williams is the chief strategist of The Brown Bike Girl. She often finds herself as the only woman or person of color present to speak on behalf of all people of color’s needs in the mainstream bike leadership space. So why not name her company in acknowledgement that sometimes it feels like she’s the (one and only) brown bike girl?
Fortunately, the aim of The Brown Bike Girl’s bicycling advocacy consulting work is to not be alone for long. Through a wide ranging body of work, The Brown Bike Girls’ ultimate aim is to produce more leaders of color in the bicycling community by sharing ideas for engagement and organization with individuals and institutions that want to promote cycling access and adoption in communities of color.
Courtney brings numerous personal and credentialed qualifications to this space including degrees in Public Management and Economic Development /Urban Planning and 5+ years of business planning and development counseling, underpinned by a tireless natural talent for producing powerful educational and cultural programming. She has lived and avidly biked with cyclists from many scenes in NYC for over 7 years.
Most recently, she wrapped a 2 year tenure as the 5 boroughs organizer for a major black women’s cycling movement where she not only coordinated, produced advertised, and led an average 2 rides per month year round – but Courtney has designed cycling seminars to fill gabs in public knowledge, coordinated workshops with major cycling education organizations to bring their resources to the underserved, and personally trained some of 700 black women she brought to cycling in to become capable ride leaders themselves.