David Hiller, the outspoken advocacy director of the Cascade Bicycle Club, has left the nonprofit, he announced today on the organization's blog. But Hiller's post doesn't mention that he'll start a new job next Wednesday working for Mayor Mike McGinn.
A former staffer in the Connecticut legislature, Hiller will conduct outreach and provide advice on transportation policy, says mayoral spokesman Aaron Pickus. "David has excellent relationships with folks in the transportation arena, at the city, state, and federal level. That will be a great asset," Pickus says. Hiller will make $95,000 a year.
"Not many people get to work at a senior level for a mayor," says Hiller, who supported McGinn's election campaign in 2009 "It's an honor and responsibility."
Hiller and CBC's executive director Chuck Ayers have embodied an aggressive political agenda to push progressive transportation policy, which led to a showdown with the recreation-minded board of directors. The board fired Ayers, only to reappoint him amid the controversy, and later the board resigned.
Speaking to the difference between advocacy work and government work, Hiller says, advocates "try and bring new practices to the table, which people doing the work every day may not be able to keep up on, and try and accomplish the mission of the organization. This here is a different mission of the city, to meet the needs of its constituents and provide basic services. It's not my agenda; it's the mayor's agenda."