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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.
Associate Director, Editor of Oregon Humanities magazine
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Kathleen has been editor of Oregon Humanities magazine since 2001 and was named communications director in 2007 and associate director in 2015. In addition to editing the magazine and directing communications efforts, she leads equity and inclusion work at the organization, collaborating with her colleagues to change and shape organizational culture. She also oversees Think & Drink, manages hiring, and offers strategy for and support of programming and partnerships. She lives in Southeast Portland with her husband, Alex Dupey, and their two children.
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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.
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.
On-site Humanity in Perspective Coordinator
Michelle joined Oregon Humanities in the fall of 2017 as a communications and publications intern. In her current role, she handles logistics for the Humanity in Perspective program and supports students in meeting their educational goals. She enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and sunny days at the beach.
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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.
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April joined Oregon Humanities in 2018. She supports statewide conversation programs and deepens relationships in urban and rural communities. April grew up in Wisconsin and has a background in facilitation, education, and museum work. In her free time she loves reading poetry, biking, and taking long walks through Northwest Portland.
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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Emily joined the OH team in 2018. A New York native with more than five years of project and operations management experience, she supports the office team and their day-to-day activities. Emily lives in North Portland and in her free time explores culinary delights and the wonders of nature with her dog, Blaise.
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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.