Francisco S. Villa

I graduated from Gonzaga University in 2012 with a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology. I was fortunate enough to gain employment at my University’s IT Help Desk during my freshman year. As a full time student, I was happy being able to choose shifts that fit my schedule. I spent my breaks (including summers) working there as well. My field of study was interesting, but I knew IT was a better fit for me. After taking some time off after graduation, I started looking for employment outside of Eastern Washington. I finally saw a job posting that stood out from others. I luckily came across a position for Alta Planning + Design, a company associating itself with bicycles. The combo couldn’t have been a better fit for me. I am now able to combine my passion for bicycles with my natural talent for IT.


It was standard to own a BMX bike growing up in Southern California. While others eventually grew out of riding their bikes in middle school, I didn’t trade mine in for a driver’s license. Attending college in Spokane, WA., provided an abundance of on and off road bike paths that helped me heighten to a higher level of riding. I was no longer playing in the minor leagues riding my BMX bike to school or a skatepark. I was now mini-touring, mountain biking, or cyclocross racing. Although I consider Spokane to be the birthplace of my passion for the outdoors, I wanted to try Portland. I had always heard of it being a biking and outdoor enthusiast Mecca. I traded dry cold weather for non-stop mist and am now pursuing my dreams here, while planning to do long tours and getting involved with The Mazamas.