Who we are


Rob Zako

Executive Director

Rob Zako has been working for the last twenty-five years on transportation, land use, and climate change issues. He is…

Claire Roth

Program Manager

Claire began her position as Safe Streets Coordinator in September 2018, coordinating BEST’s advocacy efforts to enhance walking and biking…

Carolina Stewart

Development Intern

Carolina began working for BEST in 2023. She is a Master’s of Nonprofit Management student at the University of Oregon,…

Sydney Shirazi

Better Streets Intern

Sydney (she/her/hers) is a senior at the University of Oregon studying city planning, policy, and nonprofit management. She has experience…

Evan Lacey

Better Streets Intern

Evan is currently a senior at the University of Oregon, where he is studying Marketing as well as City Planning,…

Board of Directors

Marianne Nolte


Marianne is a former BEST employee, and now works in Lane County’s land management department. She holds a masters degree…

Mike Eyster


Mike has served on and chaired multiple local and regional boards such as Lane Transit District, Springfield Area Chamber of…

Bob Passaro


Bob is co-owner of a web development and design agency based in downtown Eugene. He had been a newspaper reporter…

Rachel McCoy


Rachel has been a happy Eugene resident for the last 18 years by way of Massachusetts, Montana, and a brief…

Laura Potter

Past President

Laura is a residential real estate broker working with buyers, sellers, and investors. Before moving into residential real estate as…

Steve Bade

Steve is a 15-plus-year resident of Eugene, and to try “to be the world you want to see” served two…

Michael DeLuise

Now retired, Mike served as chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and was a member of the Eugene Active Transportation…

Lisa Fragala

Lisa Fragala worked for over 25 years as an K-2 elementary educator, primarily in Eugene 4J Schools.  During this time…

Jennifer Hayward

Jennifer has worked at Lane Community College for 23 years holding positions including Recycling Coordinator and Sustainability Coordinator.  Her current position…

Board of Advisors

Jon Belcher

Julie Daniel

David Funk

Mark Furman

Gerry Gaydos

George Grier

Kaarin Knudson

Sarah Mazze

Terry Parker

Brittany Quick-Warner

Shane Rhodes

Matt Roberts

Samantha Roberts

Brett Rowlett

Seth Sadofsky

Marc Schlossberg

Joshua Skov

Carmel Snyder

Fred Tepfer

Cami Thompson

Kari Turner

Jenny Ulum

Sue Wolling