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Adam Davis has been the executive director of Oregon Humanities since 2013 and directed the Center for Civic Reflection before that. Davis has trained thousands of discussion leaders across the country, facilitated hundreds of community and workplace discussions, moderated onstage conversations with community-builders, office-holders, and authors, and edited books including Taking Actionand The Civically Engaged Reader. He currently sits on the boards of the High Desert Partnership and the Cultural Advocacy Coalition. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago, and he used to lead wilderness trail crews in the Pacific Northwest.
Jennifer joined Oregon Humanities in 2020. She provides leadership for the organization's vision, supports the program team, and collaborates on possible new initiatives. Her career has been dedicated to connecting people to their communities and pursuing their goals. She is a longtime volunteer with the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families. In her free time she can be found kayaking, baking, hiking, gardening, knitting, and dreaming of living in a floating home.
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.
Kenja joined Oregon Humanities in October 2019. She is working on a BS at Portland State University, majoring in community development and minoring in environmental studies. With this knowledge, her plan is to help foster a better community that leaves no one excluded. She has moved several times in her childhood which has helped her see life from many perspectives. Kenja is passionate about equality, social justice, sustainability, education/prison/police reform, art, veganism, and personal growth.
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Camerina joined Oregon Humanities in November 2018. She supports the organization’s fundraising strategy, bringing a range of experiences in program management and organizational development. She grew up in Cuautla, Jalisco and Portland, which instilled in her a love for traveling and culture. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, co-counseling, exploring art mediums, and being outdoors.
Sarah has been working in education and social justice organizations since before she could vote. She has been a Salesforce admin for 10 years and loves helping nonprofits work hard and smart. She joined Oregon Humanities in March 2019 and is thrilled to work with such a great team of caring and intelligent people. Sarah lives in Springfield with 3 magical cats and 1 brilliant dog.
Director of Funding and Operations
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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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Louisa joined the Oregon Humanities team in October 2018. She works collaboratively to support partnership development & outreach, data & evaluation, and coordination for our Responsive Program Grants in addition to adiministrative support across a range of programs. She grew up in Tanzania and has a background in international development, with a passion for capacity and policy development. Louisa lives in Northeast Portland and enjoys live music, reading, and cooking, with results that can best be descried as mixed.
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Max McGrath-Riecke joined Oregon Humanities in March 2019. Max is a lifelong Oregonian with a BA in gender studies from Santa Clara University, an MBA from Portland State University and over a decade of experience in Portland nonprofits. Max enjoys many things in life, but especially performing with their boyband Turnback Boyz, watching science fiction and making art with with their partner Sossity, reading queer YA novels, and hiking in Forest Park.
Program Coordinator, Humanity in Perspective
Rozzell joined Oregon Humanities in 2019 and coordinates Humanity in Perspective. He is a multidisciplinary artist with a socially engaged practice that focuses on bringing people together to learn and collaborate in liberatory spaces. Rozzell has called Portland home for almost 20 years, also traveling extensively to explore his ancestral homelands in Mexico. He grew up in and around Choctaw, Oklahoma, San Antonio, Texas, and San Francisco, California. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis on regenerative ecological and cultural learning from Portland State University, where he also instructed several courses on intersections of art and sociology and coordinated the Chiron Studies program.
Communications Associate and Managing Editor of Oregon Humanities
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Maya first came to Oregon Humanities in 2017 as the Program Manager, joining the communications team in September 2018. She brings her passion for the intersections of arts, storytelling, and social justice to support the organization's communications and publications efforts. She has called Oregon her home for the last fifteen years and enjoys of the best that Portland and the outdoors have to offer.
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Jade joined Oregon Humanities in 2013. They coordinate the Conversation Project and the Oregon Poet Laureate program, and brings their passion for balancing human relationships and logistics to work. They grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated Portland State University with a degree in Community Development.
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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.
Communications Manager and coeditor of Oregon Humanities magazine
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Ben joined Oregon Humanities in 2012. He supervises the organization's communications and publications efforts, including Oregon Humanities magazine, the Oregon Humanities enewsletter, the Beyond the Margins essay series, and the Dear Stranger letter-exchange project. He grew up in Scio, Oregon and now lives in Southeast Portland with his wife, Deanna.
Program and Equity Coordinator
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Kyle joined the staff in November 2014 and coordinates Public and Responsive Program Grants programs, Think and Drink, and Equity and Inclusion work at Oregon Humanities. He is a life-long Portlander with a degree in ethnic studies from the University of Oregon. He has a decade of experience working with nonprofits and grantmakers, focusing on civic engagement, accessibility, and racial equity in Oregon.
Classroom Assistant Intern
Ella Rae joined Oregon Humanities in 2019 as the classroom assistant intern for the Humanity in Perspective program. She is currently working toward a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University. Her experiences as a student and as a teacher have shaped her commitment to education and her desire to be a part of learning communities that emphasize collaboration and relationship. Ella Rae enjoys cooking, plants, making art, and being outdoors.
Communications Associate and coeditor of Oregon Humanities magazine
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Priscilla joined Oregon Humanities in October 2018 after a stint as an intern in 2015. She edits and writes for Oregon Humanities publications and collaborates on organization-wide communications efforts. Formerly with Tin House Books and Hyphen magazine, Priscilla brings her passions for and commitment to social justice, storytelling, and community-building to her work at Oregon Humanities. She is originally from the East Bay, attended Reed College, and now lives with her partner Corinne in Southeast Portland, where she is usually consuming good eats, media, or nature.