Oregon Humanities board members advise and support the organization's work in a number of ways. Board members serve renewable three-year terms and attend three general meetings per year that are held in various locations around the state. The Oregon Humanities board has financial oversight of the organization, takes an active role in fundraising, sets policy, approves new program initiatives, and promotes awareness of the organization.
Janet Webster was head librarian of the Guin Library at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport for over twenty-five years. She chairs the Oregon Library Association Legislative Committee and is a member of the Oregon Community Foundation's North Coast Leadership Council. She was elected to the board in 2012. She lives in Newport.
Emily Karr is partner at the law firm Stoel Rives and practices in the areas of estate and financial planning, personal tax planning, and the administration of estates and trusts. She also serves on the boards of the Library Foundation and Northwest Academy, and is a past board member for Business for Culture and the Arts, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Northwest Earth Institute. She was elected to the board in 2014.
Jeff Cronn is a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP and has served as chair of the firm's business department since 2008. His practice emphasizes merger and acquisition transactions and a range of corporate and business matters. Jeff is a founder of Marathon Education Partners, a college-access program for low-income children, and is actively involved with the James Beard Public Market and literary and other nonprofit organizations in the Portland area. He was elected to the board in 2014.
Diana Tomseth has served on Les Schwab Tire Center's board for more than thirty years. She chairs the Dorothy Schwab Educational Foundation board and administers the Echo Fund, which facilitates an exchange of creativity and empowerment. She has served in board leadership positions at Seven Peaks School and the KIDS Center, a nonprofit serving sexually and physically abused children in Central Oregon. She lives in Bend and was elected to the board in 2017.
Sona Karentz Andrews is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Portland State University. She has held faculty and leadership positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Boise State University, and Oregon University System. She was elected to the board in 2011.
Robert Arellano is a professor at Southern Oregon University, where, in 2010, he directed a group of faculty in creating the Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts. He is the author of six novels, including the recent Edgar Award finalist Havana Lunar and the Internet's first hypertext novel, Sunshine 69. His essays have been published in Tin House, the Village Voice, and Oregon Humanities. He was elected to the board in 2016 and lives in Talent.
A former United States Marine Corps Reservist who served in Iraq in 2003, Matthew Boulay is a consultant for veterans' affairs and The New GI Bill at the Kisco Foundation and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University Teachers College. Elected to the board in 2013, he lives in Salem.
Michelle Burch is the Performance Teams Manager with the Portland Trail Blazers and has a long work history with nonprofits, including serving on the development team at Self Enhancement, Inc., and as executive project coordinator for the I Have a Dream Foundation. Born and raised in Northeast Portland, she is a proud product of Portland Public Schools and Jefferson High School. She was elected to the board in 2017.
Paul currently practices mediation and arbitration of civil actions, and was a trial lawyer for more than forty years. He is an active member of the Oregon State Bar Association and Oregon Mediation Association. Paul is a founder of the Oregon Law Related Education Project and for twenty years has been a trustee of the Gordon Foundation, which awards grants to children. He was appointed to the board in November 2009 and lives in Portland.
Kimberly Howard heads education initiatives for the corporate social responsibility team at Portland General Electric. Prior to joining PGE, she was trust manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust, managing director at Portland's Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, and education/outreach director for Artists Repertory Theater. She serves on the board of Portland Playhouse and currently represents Oregon on the Western States Arts Federation's Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee. Howard is also an accomplished actress, with credits in New York, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and several Portland theaters. She was elected to the board in 2014.
Nels Johnson is part of Thorn Run Partners' Oregon legislative practice. He has worked on various campaigns at the state, local, and federal levels. He was recently elected to one of the at-large positions for the Multnomah Education Service District in Multnomah County, Oregon. He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching courses on law, government, and leadership at Warner Pacific College. He was elected to the board in 2015.
Julie Jones Manning is vice president for marketing, public relations, and community health promotion at Samaritan Health Services, a Corvallis-based regional health system serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. She served a four-year term as the mayor of Corvallis, where she lives, and has served on the boards of the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, the League of Oregon Cities, and the Cascades West Council of Government. She was elected to the board in 2017.
Kate Lasky has been the executive director of Josephine Community Libraries, Inc., since 2010. JCLI is a nonprofit, donor-funded public library system serving 83,000 residents in southern Oregon. Lasky is a board member of the Public Library Division of the Oregon Library Association and serves on the OLA's Legislative and Development Committee. She lives in Grants Pass and was elected to the board in 2016.
Win McCormack is founder and publisher of the literary journal Tin House and lives in Portland. He was appointed to the board by the governor in fall 2002. He has been investing in magazines since the 1960s when he helped create Mother Jones. Win serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the magazine and as an official of the Democratic Party of Oregon.
Alberto Moreno is the executive director of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, a statewide organization whose mission is to eliminate health disparities for Latinos in Oregon. He also serves as the chair of the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and he founded the Oregon Community Health Workers Association. Moreno has informed state policy that supports health workers including establishment of Oregon's Traditional Health Worker Commission. He is a columnist for El Hispanic News and was appointed to the board in 2015.
Jennifer Parrish Taylor is the state affiliate political organizer for American Federation of Teachers, Oregon. Previously, she has worked for nonprofits (NARAL Pro-Choice America), political candidates (Senators John Kerry and Barack Obama), and unions (Working America, SEIU, and AFT-OR). She serves on the board of the Oregon Labor Candidate School, where she works with other members to identify and recruit labor-friendly candidates to run for office. She was appointed to the board in 2017 and lives in her hometown of Portland.
Denise Reed of Astoria is musical director of the North Coast Chorale, accompanist at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Seaside, an instructor in music appreciation and history at Tillamook Bay Community College, and a private voice instructor. She is also a volunteer radio programmer for Coast Community Radio and a steering committee member for the Lower Columbia Diversity Committee.
Chantal Strobel is community relations and development manager for the Deschutes Public Library and Library Foundation, where she has worked since 1994. She oversees the Library's A Novel Idea Read Together community reading program and Author! Author! literary series, among many other programs. She was elected to the board in 2012 and lives in Bend.