We envision a world where kids from all walks of life have the opportunity to know the joy of riding a bike and the freedom to explore the natural world on two wheels.
Our mission is to provide transformative cycling experiences through a network of chapters that promote healthy, recreational lifestyles, environmental awareness, and personal empowerment for young people of all communities, especially those most in need.
Trips for Kids Marin is a registered chapter of the national Trips for Kids® 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Rafael, California. Our mission is to provide transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth. Founded in 1988 and now operating in around 75 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and Sierra Leone, TFK has opened the world of cycling to over 145,000 youth.
All TFK chapters are managed and operated independently at the local level. Trips for Kids Marin currently offers the Trail Rides and Earn-a-bike programs and operates the Re-Cyclery Bike Shop that refurbishes and sells donated bikes, parts and accessories. Our programs aim to build self-esteem, inspire healthy lifestyles and instill environmental values.
We would not be able to do the work we do without the generous support of our sponsors. We are proud to be working in partnership with these companies. Please join us in saying thank you by patronizing these businesses whenever possible.
Rafael has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management. He is currently the director of the Siena Youth Center in Redwood City, CA. The community center specializes in education, art and self-expression, advocacy, and health and wellness. Rafael joined the St. Francis Center in January of 2012 and was hired to help start the youth and community programs for Siena Youth Center. Before his tenure at the Center, he was the Program Director at the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club for five years.
Rafael knows firsthand what the impact of not having anything to do after school can mean, as youth programs helped him when he was a youth. Rafael’s drive, unique teaching ability, and belief in the power of mentorship have helped him inspire children and adults to find the confidence they need. He brings enthusiasm, charisma, and passion for his work of creating quality sports and enrichment programs for all ages. Rafael believes that with the support of the community, youth, and local county government, families can achieve their dreams.
Rafael has a Bachelor of Science in Public Management with a specialization in Human Resources from Colorado State University and has earned his Master’s degree in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. In his free time, Rafael loves to ride bikes with his wife, friends, and the Trips for Kids Bulldog Riders around the Bay Area peninsula. Rafael’s favorite place to bike is Russian Ridge Open Space.
Jason R. Davis, board Secretary, is a local Marin County businessman and TFK Director. He started his finance career in banking in San Rafael in 1988. In 1998, he formed an accounting, bookkeeping, and consulting firm, DASI. Since then, Jason’s firm has provided hundreds of businesses and individuals with accounting and bookkeeping services. Jason has a degree in Strategic Management from Dominican University of California. His emphasis is on working with organizations to deliver value through efficiently managing the transaction and reporting process. Jason creates partnerships between clients and their CPA firms, legal counsel, insurance companies, banks, and other stakeholders, creating a unique relationship to deliver more value to the client. He is considered to be a transaction expert in helping stakeholders understand and evaluate transactions through reporting and tax compliance.
A resident of Marin County since 1982, Patricia is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and believer in social justice. During a sabbatical in 1994, she rediscovered her love of cycling and spent most of the year exploring the trails of Mount Tamalpais by bike. That year she also discovered the Trips for Kids organization and helped it grow from a small garage operation in Mill Valley to what was to become the national Trips for Kids headquarters and Re-Cyclery Bike Shop in San Rafael.
A founding board member since the beginning, she has volunteered her time providing Trips for Kids with diverse expertise in marketing, fundraising and organizational management. Patricia is currently retired after 30 years as a sales and marketing professional in the commercial software industry.
Chuck Lesem is the Director of Planning and Treasury at the Fremont Group and has been on TFK’s board since 2007. As board President, he utilizes his deep organizational knowledge and project leadership to advance TFK’s fundraising and marketing efforts as well as chapter growth. Prior to his current post, Chuck served as Vice President of Finance & Operations at Consensus Health and Onebody.com. He also worked in the consulting division of Deloitte and Touche for nine years. He currently lives in Larkspur, CA.
Marilyn Price is the Founder of Trips for Kids, which she started in 1988 in San Rafael, CA, as a mountain bike ride program for inner city youth. She brought her love of kids, bicycling, desire for a healthy environment and indefatigable devotion to the organization. A visionary with keen entrepreneurial skills, in 1994 she spearheaded Trips for Kids’ first-ever bike thrift shop, a totally “green” business that still supports 50% of the Marin Chapter’s current Bay Area programs’ operating expenses.
Over the years, Marilyn received much recognition on national programs including CNN, General Norman Schwarzkopf’s Schwarzkopf’s America news segment; Tom Brokaw’s NBC Nightly News; Sports Illustrated Magazine, among many more.
She received numerous awards, most recently in 2015 as a “CNN Hero” for her humanitarian work at Trips for Kids and was also inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Marilyn earned the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award as well as the University of Michigan Humanitarian Service Award — the University’s most prestigious alumni honor.
From 1988 until her retirement in December 2015, she devoted 70-80 hours per week to running the organization. Afterwards, as a Board member, she’s focused her efforts on national chapter expansion. Her accomplishments are well known and generously supported by many members of the national bicycle industry.
Scott is the Chief Financial Officer at Tukman Grossman Capital Management, a registered investment advisor located in Larkspur. He has previously volunteered and served as a board member for a number of community based not-for-profits utilizing his financial and fundraising experience. His focus has primarily been centered on youth education. Most recently, he was the Finance Council Chairman and Capital Campaign Co-Chair for St Anselm in Ross. Prior to Tukman Grossman, Scott was a Partner at Deloitte and Arthur Andersen specializing in financial services and real estate.
Scott is a longtime Marin County resident and avid road cyclist who enjoys exploring the backroads of West Marin and the Sonoma wine country. Scott was drawn to TFK’s direct impact on local youth through cycling and joined the board in 2017.
A commercial partner at the law firm of Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, and a former college baseball player, Dave took up mountain biking after college as a way to escape the gym for the outdoors. Attracted by the open space, trails and great public schools of Marin, he moved to Mill Valley in 2000, where his still lives with his wife and two sons. Since 2007, following the birth of his first son, Dave has commuted daily by bike to downtown San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. On a perfect day, he bikes with his two boys to school and then rides through the Headlands to work - one of the most beautiful commutes in the world.
Dave discovered Trips for Kids through a cycling friend who leads rides for TFK. For years, he has helped TFK with various legal services on a pro bono basis. Given his passion for cycling and desire to give back to the community, Dave was delighted to join TFK’s Board of Directors in 2012.