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Amy Johnson Ely, Executive Director

Amy began with the PCC in 2012. She grew up in Augusta, Georgia, but moved to Athens for graduate school in Geography. In Athens in 2005, she began her work with local bike advocacy at BikeAthens, as a volunteer Board member and later as staff. She also served on the board of Georgia Bikes, the statewide bike advocacy organization. In Athens, she successfully advocated for priority biking and walking infrastructure and funding near schools, led the BikeAthens’ Transportation Policy Committee and City of Athens Comprehensive Plan Transportation Subcommittee, helped write the Athens Complete Streets policy, consulted on priority criteria for the 2nd Athens Bike Master Plan, and coordinated volunteers for a host of events & rides. At PCC, she now works at the state level, given SC’s roads are 70% state owned, on a combination of legislative, state agency, education, and grassroots projects.  She’s car-light, a daily pedestrian and bike commuter, occasional bike tourist, and she sees biking and walking as pursuits that help communities thrive and become more social, equitable, healthy, and safe. Contact Amy here.

McKenzie Watson, Membership Manager

McKenzie Watson is a native of Irmo, SC and a graduate of Dutch Fork High School and The University of South Carolina and is an avid Gamecock Fan. She is very active in the Columbia community having done volunteer and grassroots work with several civic organizations in our city. She worked for a number of years with The Jewish Federation of Columbia and The Jewish Community Center with their capital campaigns, fundraising and membership. In her free time, you can find her at most Carolina sporting events and planning her next travel adventure. She is a cyclist and runner. Contact McKenzie here.

Chris Clark, Grassroots Campaign Manager,

(for the SC Livable Communities Alliance’ campaign for a state complete / multimodal streets policy with SCDOT)

Chris first got involved with the PCC in 2014 as SAG driver for the Rolling Bike Summit. Since then he has served as a Policy Fellow researching crash statistics and currently serves as Grassroots Campaign Manager for the SC Livable Communities Alliance. Chris began working in bicycle advocacy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2006. While there he served on the board of Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets and was President of the Baton Rouge Bike Club. During that time he helped draft and pass a complete streets policy, served on numerous local and regional committees and safety task forces, and taught bicycle skills and safety courses. Chris has a Bachelor of Music Education from Mississippi State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. He also serves as the Executive Director of Second Chance Bikes in Charleston, SC.  Contact Chris here.