Written by: Arielle Brousse
Edited by: Ariel Schwartz & Ashton Yount
CSIS photography by: Eva Cruz & Michael Marfione
Additional photos provided by Megan Rosenbach
Megan Rosenbach has never been one to back down from a challenge—especially when she’s in the middle of it.
As Education Director of Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Megan manages all the educational programs designed to make the city a safer and healthier place to bike. Among the programs she oversees is Safe Routes Philly, which has delivered bicycle safety lessons to more than 60,000 Philadelphia elementary school students since 2010.
She took on the role late in 2013, after having worked for Bicycle Coalition for more than three years as a Community Representative. Bicycle Coalition had just merged with another nonprofit, Cadence Youth Cycling, whose programs brought life and leadership skills to inner-city youth through sport racing. Megan would be tasked with running all of their programs in addition to her own workload.
“I really felt like I was managing chaos,” she says.
Fortunately, her supervisor told her that if at any time she felt she could use educational opportunities to support the job, she should just say so. Megan had always told herself that she would never go to grad school. But in the midst of these brand-new professional challenges, she decided it was time to ask for help.