Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC), the rapidly-growing non-profit organization dedicated to improving trail access in Santa Cruz County, has expanded their professional staff with two new full-time positions. This allows the organization to better satisfy the ever-growing demand for expanding legal mountain bike access in Santa Cruz.
Amanda Schaper joins MBOSC as Marketing and Events Director. Amanda is a passionate mountain biker who brings over seven years of bike industry marketing experience, previously holding Marketing Manager roles at crankbrothers and Giro Sport Design, along with four years as an environmental planner managing California Environmental Quality Act projects. In this new role, Amanda will engage the MBOSC community through developing a strategic marketing plan, implementing communication strategies, cultivating media and sponsorship relationships, and organizing world-class races and events. “Mountain biking and the Santa Cruz community are so special to me, and it will be incredibly rewarding for my work to leave a lasting impact on trail access in this area,” says Schaper.
Emma Ussat, who has been volunteering and supporting MBOSC for over three years, has taken on the role of Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator. Emma will manage all volunteer programs while being a spokesperson for MBOSC, along with coordinating membership and donor activities. “During our 2016/17 trail work season, 395 unique volunteers performed 3,570 hours of trail work – that's how much we love our trails,” Ussat says. “To now have a career position with MBOSC that lets me work with this amazing community is a dream come true."
With the Schaper and Ussat joining Executive Director Matt De Young at MBOSC, the non-profit continues to work towards its vision to enhance mountain bike opportunities in the Santa Cruz area. Some of the exciting current projects include:
- New 30+ Mile Trail Network in San Vicente Redwoods: MBOSC took a leading role on the design of a 30+ mile trail network that is scheduled to begin construction in 2019.
- New Trails in Pogonip, Harvey West, and Delaveaga Parks: MBOSC is working closely with the City of Santa Cruz to incorporate new mountain bike opportunities into city parks, including a directional downhill mountain-bike trail and new multi-use trails to improve connectivity.
- New Dirt Jumps and Pump Tracks: MBOSC is currently working with Santa Cruz County to bring a new dirt jump facility to the Farm Community Park in Soquel, and with the City of Watsonville to bring an asphalt pump track to Ramsay Park in the heart of Watsonville.