About Us

Our mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools; to improve the health and well-being of kids of all races, income levels, and abilities; and to foster the creation of healthy communities for everyone.

Our Story

The Safe Routes Partnership was founded in August 2005, and is a fast-growing network of hundreds of organizations. Recognizing that Safe Routes to School is about community and is therefore a community commitment, the Safe Routes Partnership started the regional network project in 2010 with funding from Kaiser Permanente, and launched the Pacific Northwest regional network in 2013.

The purpose of the Pacific Northwest regional network is to bring together families, advocates, schools, health, transportation, and planning professionals from around greater Portland, Salem-Keizer area, and Southwest Washington (Cowlitz to Clark Counties), to support walking and bicycling policy, funding, and action within communities to create a Pacific Northwest where walking and bicycling are safe and convenient for all.

Our Staff in the Pacific Northwest

kariKari Schlosshauer, Pacific Northwest Senior Policy Manager

Portland, OR

kari@saferoutespartnership.org | 503-734-0813


Kari Schlosshauer serves as Pacific Northwest regional policy manager for the Safe Routes Partnership. In this role, she works with local, regional, and state partners to promote policies and funding for Safe Routes to School and active, healthy community design. Prior to joining the Safe Routes Partnership’s staff, Kari managed transportation projects at the Department of Transport in Melbourne, Australia, and worked in Seattle managing transportation education and advocacy projects for Cascade Bicycle Club and Transportation Choices Coalition. She holds a Master of Arts in Community & Environment, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology, and lives in Portland with her jazz-funk-piano-playing physicist husband and two school-aged boys.



Becky GilliamBecky Gilliam, Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager

Silverton, OR

becky@saferoutespartnership.org | 503-949-0387

Becky serves as a Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager, working to strengthen the regional network in the Pacific Northwest, with a particular focus in Salem-Keizer and Central Lane areas. In this role, she works to increase funding and improve policies that result in improved infrastructure and programs to support safe walking and bicycling for children and families, with focused work and technical assistance in lower-income communities. Prior to joining the Safe Routes Partnership, Becky worked for over 4 years in Oregon's State Capitol. As senior legislative staff, she conducted policy research and coordinated introduction of new legislation relating to elder abuse prevention, increased protections for immigrants, and other issues. Becky lives in Silverton, where she and her husband recently completed a DIY home building project, which they now happily call home. Becky enjoys growing food and flowers, traveling, and going on adventures with her hound dog.