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Jennifer Alkezweeny

Program Director

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Jennifer has been Oregon Humanities' program director since 2020.  She supports the team of folks making Oregon Humanities programs happen, provides leadership for the organization's vision, and connects with organizations and communities to explore new initiatives. She is focused on connecting people to their communities and pursuing their goals while centering social justice. She has created learning spaces around the country and globe and loves that moment when the people in a room begin to harmonize. Jennifer is a deep believer in experiential learning, harnessing the knowledge in a room, finding your learning edge, and the power of silence. She's a longtime volunteer facilitator with the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families. In her free time she can be found experimenting in the kitchen, looking at the world from behind a macro lens, or floating around in her kayak.

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Karina Briski

Communications Associate, Marketing and Digital Media

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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. 

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Phylicia Chartier

Office Administrator

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Phylicia joined Oregon Humanities in May of 2022. Her lifelong interests in art, music, and storytelling have led her to work for community-based creative organizations. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York where she studied art, and then went on to work for a local arts and culture media company. During her time there, she managed finances and organized community events including a conversation panel series. In 2020 Phylicia was a volunteer at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, where she connected with her community working for food justice. She moved to Portland in December of 2020. In her free time she enjoys contemporary classical music, quiet walks in nature, ice cream, and conversations over meals.

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Adam Davis

Executive Director

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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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Kadja Haou

Communications Intern

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I’m Kadja, and I am excited to be working with the communication and marketing team as their new intern. I’ve recently graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in French and Liberal Studies. Since graduating, I have worked at the nonprofit, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). As a Portland native, you could probably guess what I like doing in my spare time: hiking, coffee, reading and hanging out with friends. I’m eager to start working with Oregon Humanities to continue to bring importance to the storytelling of Oregonians!

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Vicky Hart

Development Associate

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Vicky joined Oregon Humanities in June 2022. She grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and has lived in rural areas of Oregon since 2015. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 2014 with bachelor's degrees in journalism and English Literature. She brings experience in nonprofit communications, marketing, and development. Vicky is excited to work as a fully remote staff member from her home in northeast Oregon (La Grande). She enjoys gardening, making crafts, and walking her dog.

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Julia Martinez Soto

Development Director

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Julia joined Oregon Humanities in July 2021. She began working with nonprofits after almost a decade as an engineer. As a development professional, she brings experiences in grant writing, event sponsorships and program leadership. She most enjoys helping organizations thrive through integrated and relationship-based approaches. Originally from Pennsylvania, Julia has called Oregon home since 2004. In her free time, she loves working on craft projects, trying out new recipes, and playing in the mountains with her two children, Felix and Ester, and her husband, Jacob.

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Rozzell Medina

Program Manager

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Rozzell grew up in and around Choctaw, Oklahoma; San Francisco, California; and San Antonio, Texas. He has lived in Portland for about twenty years, though he loves wandering off now and then, mostly to visit ancestral homelands in Mexico and New Mexico. Prior to joining Oregon Humanities in 2019, he founded and directed the creative learning project Public Social University, which transformed art galleries, cafes, museums, and public parks into temporary community free schools. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis on regenerative ecological and cultural learning from Portland State University. There, he also instructed several interdisciplinary studies courses and coordinated the Chiron Studies program, which enabled students to create, design, and instruct official, for-credit classes. In addition to managing programs and serving as the lead instructor of Humanity in Perspective at Oregon Humanities, he is the festival director of the Portland EcoFilm Festival.

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Juliana Posada

Program Lead

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Juliana was born in Colombia where she nurtured her love for the land and its people. During her time there, she worked in rural communities through a wide variety of environmental projects. Before joining Oregon Humanities in November 2022, Juliana coordinated and delivered inquiry-based educational programming in public schools in Brooklyn, New York. In her current role, she fosters partnerships for the Conversation Project and supports efforts to offer programming in Spanish and about the environment. Juliana loves learning from people, exploring what they think and why. She believes in the importance of holding space to discuss the problems confronting society and possible solutions. In her free time she enjoys thinking, hiking, birdwatching, and music.

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Alexandra Powell Silvester

Communications Associate and Associate Editor

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Alexandra joined Oregon Humanities in 2021. She provides communications and editorial support for several departments, programs, and publications, including development, grants, the Community Storytelling Fellowship, and the Beyond the Margins essay series. She is associate editor of Oregon Humanities magazine. She studied literature, writing, and history at Sarah Lawrence College and has worked for nonprofits focused on education and creative expression. In the community, she volunteers with Write Around Portland. Born and raised in New South Wales, Australia, she now lives in Southeast Portland with her partner and their two cats.

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Carolina Rios

Development Assistant

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Carolina joined Oregon Humanities in January 2022. Originally from California, she has spent most of her life in Oregon and graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies. She brings experiences of nonprofit program management and volunteer coordination. Carolina is excited to work with Oregon Humanities to find a place within the Portland community where she can make a difference. At present, she’s enjoying listening to podcasts, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Dawn Smallman

Program Manager

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Dawn manages Oregon Humanities' grants program, supports the Community Storytelling Fellowship program, and assists in facilitating internal equity projects. She joined Oregon Humanities in April 2021. Dawn's work history includes crafting media stories about culture and nature for exhibits in public lands visitor centers and museums; serving as the director of the Portland EcoFilm Festival; and working as a community engagement manager and administrator for nonprofit fiscal management programs. She enjoys spending her free time growing food for her family and for others.

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Lucy Solares-Steger

Program Coordinator

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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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Ben Waterhouse

Communications Director and editor 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 Beyond the Margins essay series, The Detour podcast and radio show, and marketing strategy. He created the Dear Stranger letter-exchange project. In the community, Ben serves on the board of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition. He grew up on Kalapuyan land in Scio, Oregon, near the confluence of the North and South forks of the Santiam River, and now lives in Southeast Portland.

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Keiren Bond

Executive Producer of The Detour

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Keiren has worked with Oregon Humanities since April 2021. Keiren has been producing and facilitating conversation-based projects for community media organisations since 2011. Outside of Oregon Humanities, Keiren supports grantmaking at the Marie Lanfrom Charitable Foundation, is a recovery mentor for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa, and spends long days exploring Oregon's mountains and deserts by foot.