EUGENE, Ore. —(December 17, 2021)— Cottage Grove entrepreneur Don Nordin was elected Vice President of the Lane Transit District (LTD) Board of Directors during the governing body’s December 15, 2021 meeting. Don represents Subdistrict 3 comprising Cottage Grove, Creswell, Lowell, and Southeast Eugene.
“I am honored to be elected by my peers to serve as Vice President of the LTD Board of Directors,” he said. “ It is an exciting, and perhaps transformative time for LTD. I look forward to continuing to work with other board members to govern the District.”
Previous Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber appointed him to the LTD Board of Directors. He was subsequently affirmed by Governor Kate Brown in 2015. In addition to his LTD committee assignments, he has also actively served the District and the community as a member of the LTD Budget Committee (2009 – 2015), a member of the Cottage Grove Planning Commission (2000 – 2005), and as a Community Sharing Board Member (2000 – 2005). He founded the Friends of LTD in 1995, Co-founded the Friends of Mount David in 2001, and is a founding member of the Board of the Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy.
Don is the owner of Equinox Industries LLC, a pioneer in convertible human-powered trailer systems and a graduate of the University of Wyoming. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer and is a member of the West Cascade Peace Corps Association, serving as a member of the board of the National Peace Corps Association in the early 1990s.
The Vice President position became open in July 2021, when it was announced that two board members, the general counsel, and the general manager would be leaving LTD. Don requested that the board define a procedure for electing officers, with consideration given to STAR voting.
LTD provides more than 10 million boardings per year on its buses and EmX Bus Rapid Transit line in Lane County, Oregon. Encompassing the Eugene-Springfield metro area, LTD is a special district of the State of Oregon and led by a seven-member board of directors appointed by Oregon’s governor. LTD also operates RideSource, a paratransit service for people with disabilities, and numerous transportation options programs to promote sustainable travel county-wide.