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Adam Davis

Executive Director

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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.

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Rachel Bernstein

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 wife, Dani, and their ninety-five-pound dog, Asher.

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Adam Green

Development Director

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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 Holland

Communications Associate

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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 daughter, and one very high-maintenance cat.

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Kathleen Holt

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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Annie Kaffen

Program and Special Initiatives Manager

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Annie joined the staff of Oregon Humanities in 2007. She manages Public Program Grants and a variety of statewide initiatives, including veterans reading & discussion groups and the Talking about Dying program. When she's not at work, she's either reading or exploring Oregon with her family.

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Mikaela Schey

Program Coordinator and Office Manager

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Mikaela joined Oregon Humanities in 2013. She provides administrative support to the executive director and board, administers the Oregon Poet Laureate program, helps coordinate the Conversation Project, and keeps the OH office running smoothly. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and moved to Oregon to pursue a degree in community development from Portland State University. She lives in Southeast Portland and sings and plays guitar with her band, Sol Nectar.

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Carole Shellhart

Director of Finance and Operations

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Carole joined the Oregon Humanities staff in 2008. She takes care of the finances, budgeting, human resources, and operational oversight. She moved to Oregon from the Midwest, fell in love with the varied landscape, met her husband, and raised her family.

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Maggie Starr

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 Waterhouse

Communications Associate

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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 Weismann-Yee

Program Coordinator

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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.