Who we are


Rob Zako

Executive Director

Rob Zako has been working for the last two decades 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…

Board of Directors



Marianne Nolte

Vice President

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

Bob Passaro


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

Jon Belcher


Jon Belcher has been involved in community organizations almost since he moved to Eugene in 1978. He has been a…

Laura Potter

Immediate 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…

Mike Eyster

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

Mark Furman

Brett Rowlett

Brett has over two decades of experience advocating for higher education issues and is currently Director of Public Affairs for…

Board of Advisors

John Allcott

Shawn Boles

Julie Daniel

Rick Duncan

Karmen Fore

David Funk

Gerry Gaydos

George Grier

Eric Gunderson

Pat Hocken

Richard Hughes

Kaarin Knudson

Sarah Mazze

Terry McDonald

Sophie McGinley

Matt McRae

Terry Parker

Brittany Quick-Warner

Shane Rhodes

Matt Roberts

Samantha Roberts

Seth Sadofsky

Marc Schlossberg

Joshua Skov

Carmel Snyder

Jean Tate

Cami Thompson

Kari Turner

Jenny Ulum

Sue Wolling