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Adam joined Oregon Humanities in August 2013 as the organization's fifth executive director. He previously served as director of the Center for Civic Reflection and prior to that was the organization's director of training and publications. He is the cofounder, former director, and former board chair of Camp of Dreams, a nonprofit organization providing year-round programming for underserved young people in Chicago, and the editor of Taking Action (2012) and Hearing the Call across Traditions (2009), and coeditor of Talking Service (2008) and The Civically Engaged Reader (2006). He lives in Southeast Portland with his wife and two children.
Partnership and Training Manager
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Rachel joined Oregon Humanities in September 2015. She works to build and strengthen organizational partnerships and to recruit, train, and support discussion facilitators. For the past decade, as a political and nonprofit professional, her work has focused on building the civic capacity and engagement of coalitions, organizations, groups, and individuals. She can be found bouncing around Portland, exploring the Northwest's natural beauty, and rooting for her alma mater, Michigan State Spartans, with her partner, Dani, and their ninety-five-pound dog, Asher.
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Adam joined Oregon Humanities in 2016. He develops and implements the organization's comprehensive fundraising strategy. Adam has spent his entire career working and volunteering with nonprofit organizations focused on community health, social services, and civic engagement. When not in the office, Adam enjoys spending time with his partner, Jason, and their five-year-old Italian greyhound rescue, Kobe.
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Eloise joined Oregon Humanities in 2011. She supports the organization's communications and publications efforts. She lives in Southeast Portland with her wife, Melissa, their two children, and one very high-maintenance cat.
Associate Director, Editor of Oregon Humanities magazine
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Kathleen has been editor of Oregon Humanities magazine since 2001. In 2007, she was named communications director and in 2015 associate director. In addition to editing the magazine and overseeing communications and content development, she provides additional support of and oversight to organization-wide systems and strategies, including equity initiatives, responsive programming, and strategic partnerships and collaborations. She lives in Southeast Portland with her husband, Alex Dupey, and their young children in a century-old, always-under-construction house.
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Simogne joined Oregon Humanities as program intern in 2016 and in 2017 became a program assistant in support of Bridging Oregon, the Conversation Project, and facilitation training. She holds a BA from Portland State University in women, gender, and sexuality studies with a focus on the co-construction of race, gender, and technology. Simogne was born and raised in Portland and spends her downtime returning to her favorite spots in town and slowly but surely venturing to the far reaches of the state.
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Maya joined Oregon Humanities in 2017. She leads development of statewide conversation programs and strengthening relationships in urban and rural communities. She lives in Northeast Portland and loves hiking, camping, and making art.
Patti joined Oregon Humanities in 2018. A certified Salesforce administrator, she oversees all aspects of the Oregon Humanities database. Her career in technology spans thirty years, from working for companies such as Attachmate Corporation and PhyCom Inc. to several years as a self-employed custom database programmer. In addition to her work with Oregon Humanities, she is the database administrator for Humanities Washington and offers volunteer database support to other local nonprofits.
Communications and Publications Intern
A midwestern transplant, Michelle joined Oregon Humanities in the fall of 2017 after graduating with a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She assists with editing Oregon Humanities magazine as well as data management and outreach materials. When not in the office, she enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and walking around local trails.
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Mikaela joined Oregon Humanities in 2013. She coordinates the Conversation Project and the Oregon Poet Laureate program. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and moved to Oregon to pursue a degree in community development from Portland State University. She lives with an off-grid transition group near Mt. Tabor and celebrates creativity as the currency for culture change.
Grants and Development Associate
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Maggie joined Oregon Humanities April 2015, bringing a broad range of experience and a deep well of enthusiasm to her work. She lives in Southeast Portland, where she enjoys cooking and other domestic projects, but can often be found further afield, exploring Oregon's forests, mountains, and deserts.
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Ben joined Oregon Humanities in 2012. He supports the organization's communications and publications efforts, including Oregon Humanities magazine, the Oregon Humanities enewsletter, and the Dear Stranger letter-exchange project. He grew up in Scio, Oregon, attended Lewis & Clark College, and now lives in Southeast Portland with his wife, Deanna.
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Kyle joined the staff in November 2014 and coordinates the Idea Lab and Humanity in Perspective programs. He is a life-long Oregonian with a degree in ethnic studies from the University of Oregon. He has more than half a decade of experience with nonprofits, focusing on civic engagement, social justice, and racial identity in Oregon. Kyle enjoys photography, historical research, and finding interesting running routes in North/Northeast Portland.