Undriving Team


Undriving runs primarily on creativity, resourcefulness, and volunteer energy.  We are building our team to grow this movement and take Undriving.org to the next level. If you are interested in contributing your energies, contact us.

JULIA FIELD – Founder/Program Director
Julia’s diverse professional background includes art, graphic design, creative direction, editing, publishing, interactive media, non-profit management, grantwriting, coaching, and facilitation. All of these come into play with Undriving.™ Her trusty 1987 Civic was good for another 100K miles when it was totalled in 2004 – offering Julia the opportunity to discover the joys of living without a car, much to her surprise. (Read her story here.) A few years later she found her true calling, coining the term Undriving™ and inventing the Undriver License™ to spark curiosity and drive behavior change in others.
Current Pledge: Loan out my bike trailer (so someone else can see how handy it is!)

MIKE SCHACHTERDirector, Undriving 2.0
Mike is kind of a “catalyst” for small companies, start-ups, and non-profits like Undriving.  A former Vice President at Nintendo of America with over 20 years of broad business experience in the USA and around the world, Mike sparks the imagination, creativity, and resourcefulness within our organization, and helps us identify new opportunities, properly allocate resources, and build strategic plans to spread the Undriving message.  Through his travels across the USA and internationally, Mike has seen first hand the deleterious effect of the car culture, so he understands the importance of the Undriving message going global!
Current pledge: Spread the Undriving message across the U.S. – and beyond!

NIKOLA DAVIDSON – President, Board of Directors
Nikola brings a passion for helping people reduce their transportation footprint, as well a wealth of experience with new ventures and non-profits.  She co-founded three organizations (Business Owners of Madrona, Madrona Biofuels Co-op, Urban Craft Uprising) and helped create their boards, and served NW Biofuels Association as its Director.  She currently coordinates special projects for a non-profit (PTE 17), and teaches about rainwater catchment.  Her favorite Undriving-to-work moment so far involved a children’s scooter and going down a monster Seattle hill!
Current Pledge:  Buy a reflective vest and lights so I can bike at night.

JENNY HEINS – Secretary, Board of Directors
Jenny currently serves as President of Sustainable Ballard, where Undriving was conceived. A Seattle leader in sustainability, Jenny serves as part of the leadership team of SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound) and as Regional Director for the Seattle Green Festival.  Jenny’s favorite form of Undriving is “Skip the Trip.” Working from home and growing her own food have saved countless miles.
Current Pledge:
Use the bus for every trip downtown.

DavidKaillDAVID KAILL – Treasurer, Board of Directors
David’s background includes stints as an illustrator, reporter, publisher, river guide, and pilot – in far flung places such as Alaska and China. More recently, he’s been a sales & marketing exec for tech companies large and small in the Seattle area. He’s a four–season bike commuter and firmly believes the Norse people are correct when they say “there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.”
Current pledge: To transport 5,000 lbs. of cargo 1500 miles this year, by bicycle!

CYNTHIA LEVINE - Board of Directors
Originally from a small fishing village in Alaska, Cynthia had an early education in the awesome power of nature. As a resourceful jane-of-many-trades, she has since put her energy and versatility to work in several diverse industries. From Fortune 100 to non-profits, she’s worked domestically and internationally as a production coordinator, project manager, and business owner.  In her favorite city of Seattle, Cynthia regularly undrives by walking, busing, biking and generally using the car as little as possible.
Current Pledge:
Take our 2-year-old daughter on her first week-long kayak trip!

JOHN MIXON – Board of Directors
John brings a diverse background ranging from engineering to marketing, finance to strategic planning.  As a finance leader, he’s driven complex, cross-functional planning processes aimed at aligning organizations for success.  As a marketer, he’s supported three highly recognizable brands (Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Microsoft, and T-Mobile) and helped jump-start a new brand in the social sector of India. He’s passionate about helping Undriving™ reach a global population because he believes that we can all make a huge difference in the world through simple changes in behavior.
Current Pledge: Ride bike from work at least 1 day a week through the cold, wet winter.  Brrr.

JODI NEWTON – Board of Directors
Jodi became an (unlicensed!) Undriver in 1998, when she sold her car while scraping together cash to buy a home.  Surprisingly, life without a car was simpler, less expensive and more enjoyable. Now, she’s a passionate Undriver that takes an investigative approach to riding public transit in other cities and countries, looking for great ideas. Prior to joining Nordstrom in 1992, she worked as a fundraiser for WSU’s College of Business and has since supported many community efforts to fund and build a learning garden, provide clothing for homeless kids, plant trees and promote rain gardens. Jodi believes in the power of Undriving to change habits for life, no matter how small the first step.  She joined to help Undriving expand across the country and beyond.
Current Pledge:  Do all of my family’s grocery shopping on foot or by bike.

STEVE VERHEY, PhD – Strategic Advisor
Steve has been involved with renewable energy, community activism, and education for over 10 years. His sustainability think tank, the Cascadia Carbon Institute, is internationally known for its work on biofuels. His work on biofuels has helped him understand how critically important it is to support reduction of car travel, and his work in education has given him insights into how to approach this problem. He sees Undriving as a key piece of the solution.
Current Pledge: Walk downtown instead of driving, every time.

NICOLE FALLAT – Marketing Advisor
Nicole has been helping companies choose the right words for more than 10 years. She has helped share stories about sustainability through her work at REI, Starbucks, Environmental Priorities Coalition, and Scoville PR, where she directed public relations for green companies. Nicole first came across Undriving when the founder gave a presentation at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. After living in New York City and moving back to her hometown, Nicole became an Undriver because she never really figured out which rules of the road Seattleites follow, if any.
Current Pledge: Extend dog walks to include errands nearby.

PAULA JENSON – Licensing Station Lead
Some threads running through Paula’s rich and diverse life spanning six decades include deep family connections, cross-cultural experiences, and contributing to her community. She brings a spirit of adventure to everything she does – teaching English as a second language, world travel, growing food, and licensing Undrivers – since the very beginning. While Undriving Paula relishes her time for reading on the bus, and the fresh views of gardens and houses she passes on foot and bike.
Current Pledge: 
Use the bus for every trip downtown.

JACK TOMKINSON – Executive Director, Urban Sparks (fiscal sponsor)
As director of Urban Sparks, Jack helps community groups launch and successfully accomplish projects for the public good.  Urban Sparks is Undriving’s 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor and is presently leading the creation of Service House, affordable housing for nonprofit workers.  He thinks Undriving could sweep the world with an online licensing system that other organizations can tap into, and invites others to join in to make that happen.  A home office, email and phone help Jack avoid travel.  When required, it’s bicycle, walk, or motorcycle – or when hauling stuff or people, maybe a car.  He loves biking in the quiet of night.

DAVID LEVINGER, PhD, PE – Strategic Advisor
David brings over 20 years experience in transportation policy, research, education, and program management to the Undriving™ advisory board. He has a background in both engineering and organizations, so his approach attends to both the technical and the social sides of a problem. From 2003-2007, he worked as Executive Director of Feet First. In 2007, he established The Mobility Education Foundation, with a national mission to improve transportation education for 21st century generations. He has worked as a consultant and served in an advisory capacity for a variety of local, state, and national transportation, health, and sustainability initiatives, and served as policy director for Rails to Trails Conservancy in Washington, DC.
Current Pledge:
Meet by Skype as much as possible.