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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 Action and 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.
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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.
Nee joined Oregon Humanities in February 2021. She is originally from Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a BFA in Art History where she practiced making, critically thinking, and gaining a deeper understanding of philosophical art concepts and art works. She is dedicated to creating connections, creating opportunities, and giving back to the world. In her downtime, she is running, walking, skiing, hitting golf balls, painting, sketching, crafting, watching movies, baking, meditating, or volunteering in the community.
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.
Karina joined Oregon Humanities in April 2021. She brings a range of experience spanning work in digital media, journalism, hospitality, and event production. Her interests in supporting community arts and education access have led her to work with numerous organizations in Seattle, New York City, and Portland. She grew up in northern Minnesota and has lived in Oregon for five years, recently completing an MFA in Fiction at Portland State University. She is a volunteer English language tutor at PCC and enjoys finding ways to gather with people through food and writing.
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.
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.
Ez is a full-time student at Portland State University pursuing a BA-Accounting degree with Honors. He planns to pursue CPA licensure once graduated and hopes to one day dive into the world of forensics and nonprofit accounting. When he's not working/studying/in class, he enjoys volunteering at Our House of Portland, watching soccer matches from all around the world, baking, cooking, listening to audio books, mid-range cycling, meditation, and walking his Golden-Doodle, Jet.
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.
Vy-An joined Oregon Humanities in February 2021 as a program intern. She is currently a student at the University of Portland studying sociology with a concentration in criminology and minors in social justice and constitutional studies. She intends on pursuing law after obtaining her B.A., and in the distant future, volunteering abroad to help to make a difference in a community or someone’s life. Outside of school and work, she enjoys hiking, chasing sunsets, listening to music, making origami, and crafting cards.
Lucy joined Oregon Humanities in December 2020. She graduated from the University of Oregon in June 2019 with dual degrees in ethnic studies and general social science, through which she explored themes of social justice and cultural understanding using a multidisciplinary approach. She is originally from Oregon, and in her time off enjoys the world of cosmetics, listening to music, and following the work of social activists online locally and beyond.
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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.
Humanity in Perspective Classroom Assistant
Ella Rae joined Oregon Humanities in 2019; this is her second year working with the Humanity in Perspective program. She graduated from Portland State University in June 2020 with a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis on Sustainability Education. Education has always been an important part of her life, both as a teacher and as a student. Before working in adult education and with HIP, Ella Rae was a preschool teacher. Her experiences have shaped her commitment to lifelong education and her desire to be a part of learning communities that emphasize collaboration and relationship. Ella Rae enjoys cooking, eating, being outdoors, taking care of her houseplants, making art, spending time with her cat, Pigeon, and being with her friends.