BikeVentura is an active, grassroots non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Day-to-day actions are implemented by a committed staff, led by Tobias Smith.
Tobias "Toby" Smith, Program Director
Jaime Ambriz, Fillmore Bike HUB Lead
Jaime is the project manager of the Fillmore Bike HUB. Jaime's drive is rooted from his difficult childhood. The lack of guidance and supervision in his early life led him to hang out with the wrong kids, abuse substances, join a gang, then end up in prison. He has since turned his life around, with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jesus Christ, his young daughter, and bicycles. Yes, bicycles.
Jaime joined BikeVentura with the mission to prevent as many Fillmore kids as possible from making the same choices he made. In his own words, "at the Ventura Bike HUB, I found a true purpose. I learned to repair bikes and, more importantly, learned how to teach kids to repair theirs. Through bikes, kids experience discipline, responsibility, socialization, and self-confidence, and, of course, they have fun. And childhood should be fun."
Youth from Fillmore make up more than 25 percent of the population of Ventura County’s Juvenile Hall. Jaime is on a mission to turn this statistic around.
Michael "Mikey" Tweet
Mikey began volunteering at the Ventura Bike HUB in March 2016. In the course of a year, Mikey progressed from volunteer to part-time staff and bicycle mechanic. Having been active since a young age, he enjoys the outdoors, reading, math, and all things bicycle. Coming from a low-income family and experiencing homelessness off and on for over a decade, his passion to help the community locally, and at large, has driven him to take on various projects involving bicycle mechanics and advocacy, and homeless centered issues and where those intersect.
Alex was born and raised in Ventura, Ca. Alex's passions include bikes, music, eating and DIY. He is a strong proponent for bikes being so much more than just a way to get around, though still vital to transportation). In his own words, "bicycles are health, bicycles are joy, bicycles are freedom. They're a literal and figurative vehicle to interacting with my community and I couldn't imagine my living without them.
"I came to the Hub at a very confusing point in my life and the people here offered a space for me to grow in more ways than I could ever have imagined. With my mechanical skills, bilingual tongue, and dedication to inclusivity I like to think I facilitate a space that gives others that opportunity as well."
Alex lives by the following, "Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist, keep on loving keep on fighting."
Matt's been involved with the Ventura Bike HUB since 2012. Matt is self-taught bike mechanic through necessity. He's been playing with bikes since 11 and gave up driving cars in 1991. Matt's ridden bikes all my life, and exclusively over the last 27 years. Matt loves bikes and currently has 16!