Cycle Oregon will kick off its 2016 events—starting with this month’s inaugural women’s ride—under the leadership of a new Executive Director. Steve Schulz, who most recently held the position of Deputy Director, will take the leadership baton from Alison Graves, effective June 3.
“I’ll miss being with the great staff, dedicated volunteers, and inspiring board on a regular basis, but I accomplished what I set out to do—the team has it from here,” says Graves, who will wrap up a special project for Cycle Oregon through the summer and then become a board member emeritus, acting as liaison to Oregon’s Scenic Bikeway program.
Graves has been Executive Director of Cycle Oregon since February 2014, when she was hired to help the organization envision its next 25 years and strengthen internal systems to support its next stage of growth.
“As an organization, we’re more aligned as a result of Alison’s contribution,” says Schulz. “I’m excited to build on that work and strengthen Cycle Oregon as not only a leader in events but also a strong contributor to the vitality of this great state.”
Schulz has been with Cycle Oregon since 2008. He has long demonstrated his leadership capacity, but never more notably than during the 2015 Week Ride, where he masterfully orchestrated an event re-route in the face of a wildfire.
Under his leadership, the Cycle Oregon staff and board will work closely to ensure that the organization’s events remain the best in the business and their impact continues to help where it matters most. Among other things, Schulz and team will focus on advancing the Salmonberry Trail, exploring additional events, collaborating with partners to support rural communities, and growing the Cycle Oregon Fund.
Schulz will usher Cycle Oregon into its 30th-anniversary year in 2017, strongly committed to advancing the organization’s mission of transforming lives and communities through bicycling.
“Growing up in rural Wyoming, I can relate to some of the challenges faced by the small communities of Oregon,” says Schulz. “I’m inspired by the opportunity for Cycle Oregon to provide economic support and help facilitate constructive,
long-lasting change in these areas. We have an unbelievably committed staff, board, and group of volunteers, and I look forward to working with them to expand our impact through new offerings and stronger strategic partnerships.”
Graves will join her husband Jay Graves, former owner of the Bike Gallery, in managing their farm in rural Washington County, helping their family operate the Dayville Mercantile, and supporting the continuation of the Wallowa Lake Lodge.
“It has been an incredible honor to work with Cycle Oregon,” she says. “I look forward to supporting the team and the organization for many more miles in my new capacity.”