Meet the Staff

Bernard Foster - Safe Ride Manager

bernie foster

Phone: 847-467-2228

Bernard (Bernie) Foster joined Student Affairs as the Safe Ride Coordinator in August 2011. He joined Northwestern University Police Department as a Community Service Officer in 2007 and became a Community Service Office Supervisor in 2008.

Before joining the University, Bernie worked for ComEd for 21 years as an overhead electrician special/trouble shooter; and became a licensed Residential Home Inspector before leaving ComEd. He enjoys learning new things and is always looking for ways to make something better. He is a lifelong citizen of Evanston. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, fixing and repairing things, and traveling with his family.

Emily Tross - Safe Ride Assistant

Safe Ride Assistant Emily Tross


Emily began working as the Safe Ride assistant in the spring of 2017 after spending a year working as a driver and dispatcher. As a rider, driver, and dispatcher, she has gained valuable experience of the Safe Ride program from all perspectives. Emily is currently pursuing a B.S. in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. She is also a member of the Northwestern Community Ensemble, and a volunteer with Northwestern’s Campus Kitchens. In her free time, she writes and composes music.