Board 

Molly De Marco

Molly De Marco

Molly De Marco

Molly has lived in Chapel Hill since 2007. She started doing community organizing in Orange County in 2008 with Orange County Justice United by advocating for living wage policies. She has served on the editorial board for OrangePolitics since 2011. She is a board member of the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition and is currently the board chair of the InterFaith Council for Social Services. She is a founding board member of NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro and advocates for equitable bike-ped and public transit service. Molly is a Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill, studying community-based strategies to build community food security. Through that work, she helped to launch the Orange County Food Council.

John Rees

John Rees

John Rees

John has lived in Chapel Hill for a spell. Former president of the Carolina Tarwheels bicycle club and current president of the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill. He also helped organize the inaugural Carrboro Open Streets, and participated, planned and promoted numerous cycling events in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham. Activities running the gamut of bike racing to kidical mass events that focus on children and bike safety. He is also a current member, and former chair of the Chapel Hill Planning Commission. Prior to moving to North Carolina, John Lived in Burlington Vt, and Hammond In. In both places, he enjoyed living in a world where he was able to walk to every school he attended and took the bus to his job at IBM. John believes 15 minute cities like where he grew up and lived previously are keys to climate resilience and also happy and healthy cities.

Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson

Martin has lived Chapel Hill on and off since 2003. An avid walker, cyclist, and transit user, he’s lived in a variety of urban and rural settings, including a small town in Wyoming, a Baltimore row house, a Brooklyn apartment building, and a multifamily house in Brookline, Massachusetts. Through these experiences, he’s seen the transformative potential of walkable urbanism and public transportation, and believes that Chapel Hill and Carrboro have the potential to become communities where people can live, work, and thrive without cars.  He teaches film studies courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Allison De Marco

Allison De Marco

Allison De Marco

A Chapel Hill resident for over a decade, Allison De Marco works with several community organizations related to poverty, racial equity, and social justice. She served for 6 years, the last two as chair, on the Leadership Team of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness (OCPEH). She now serves on the OCPEH project review committee, which reviews grant proposals that bring the bulk of our homeless service system funding to Orange County. She is a long-time volunteer with the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), a relationship-based asset-development program for low-income residents of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham, North Carolina. With CEF, she co-teaches an economic justice course for undergraduate advocates and supervises MSW interns. In addition, she works to advance racial equity both in the community with Orange County Organizing Against Racism and as a research scientist at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, School of Social Work, and as equity lead for the Jordan Institute for Families.

Ryan Byars

Ryan Byars

Ryan has lived in Carrboro since 2015. His background includes social services administration, labor organizing, and prison education. He has previously served on the Recreation and Parks Commission and focuses his current efforts on bike and pedestrian advocacy and increasing access to greenspaces. Ryan currently works in information technology and he and his wife have three children.