PDX Pop Now! 2013-2014 Team
PDX Pop Now! is managed by a volunteer Board of Executive Directors and Coordinators. Each Director is responsible for overseeing a particular facet of the organization, including but not limited to Logistics, Fundraising/Sponsorship, Grants, Outreach, Booking, Compilation, Tech/Web, Volunteer Coordination, Communications and Design. In this regard our Board operates in the capacity of a rotating volunteer staff.
Administrative Director: Christine Rutan
Volunteer Coordinator: Beth Martin
Logistics Coordinator: Lauren Joyner
Legal Counselor: Peter Shaver (Sound Advice, LLC)
Artistic Director: Theo Craig
Booking Coordinator: Meagan Ruyle
Compilation Coordinator: Rochelle Hunter
Development Director: Julie Miller
Grants Coordinator: Julie Miller
Grant Writer: Jonathan Frochtzwajg
Development Coordinators: Jordan Brown, Mike Knackstedt
Youth Director: Lydia Mazer
In-School Coordinators: Amanda Toma and Kelsey Johnson
Bookkeeper: Marian Slakie (Magnolia Management)
Media Director: Annie Ostrowski
Graphics Coordinator: Annie Miranda
Tech Coordinator: Mike Elliott
Media Sponsorship Coordinator:
Media Coordinator: Meagan Ruyle
Graphic Designer: James Mitchell
Annie Ostrowski, Media Director, relocated to Portland after graduating with a degree in communications at Sonoma State University. She currently works as a music publicist for Riot Act Media and editor and writer for the Noise Pop & Treasure Island music festivals out of San Francisco. Annie began her volunteer work with PDX Pop Now! in 2011 as part of the 2012 festival booking committee and joined the board as Communications Coordinator summer 2012.
Beth Martin, Volunteer Coordinator, is a Northwest native making Portland her home since 2006. She began volunteering for PDX Pop Now! in 2011 at the Compilation Album Release Party and summer Festival. She has been on the Booking Committee and Listening Committee since 2012, and signed on as Volunteer Coordinator in the fall of 2012. In her spare time she enjoys planning her weekly radio show, running, cooking and frequenting shows around town. She currently works for a music licensing agency.
Christine Rutan, Administrative Director, graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine
where she studied English and Environmental Studies and worked for the college’s radio station,
WBOR. She joined the board in March, but has volunteered with PDX Pop Now! in various roles
since 2005. Having grown up in and around the organization, she is excited to be back in Portland to return the favor and help PDX Pop Now! with its own growth. She is currently studying GIS and learning to run alongside a puppy.
Jordan Brown, Sponsorship Coordinator is a University of Oregon graduate who studied sociology and music. In her spare time she attends as many concerts and music festivals as she can, and hopes to one day be a part of the planning team for a large Northwest music festival. She is extremely excited to be involved with PDX Pop Now!.
Julie Miller, Development Director, Julie Miller joined PDX Pop Now! as a grant writer in February 2012 and became the development director in August 2012. When she is not volunteering, Julie serves as the communications specialist for the Cascades Region of the American Red Cross where she provides communications support throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. She has worked in the nonprofit sector professionally for more than five years after starting her career as a journalist. Julie moved to Portland in 2012 after receiving a master’s degree in public affairs in nonprofit management from Indiana University. During that time, she also sat on the board of directors of an Indianapolis-based music nonprofit that organized all-ages shows . Her love of music and desire to make music accessible makes Julie a natural fit at PDX Pop Now!
Lauren Joyner, Logistics Coordinator, moved to Portland from North Carolina six years ago to pursue a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon. After finishing her degree and beginning a career as an urban designer, Lauren coordinated the launch of a national young professionals group, the New Rail~Volutionaries, with the planning of a filmfest at the annual Rail~Volution conference in 2010. She then led the local Portland chapter in the development of the Streetcar Mobile Musicfest, another annual event that places musicians on streetcars to celebrate and heighten awareness of alternative transportation as a catalyst to vibrant communities. PDX Pop Now! signed on as a partner to the first annual event in 2011. Lauren crossed over from the Streetcar Mobile Musicfest to assist PDX Pop Now! with its festival logistics coordination in 2012. Along with currently providing logistics coordination for PDX Pop Now! and the Streetcar Mobile Musicfest, Lauren also moonlights as a project-manager-for-hire, and loves it when she gets to coordinate projects like PDX Pop Now! that mesh her love of all things events, community, and especially Portland.
Lydia Mazer, Youth Director, moved to Portland in 2008 from Brooklyn, New York. Her long-time interest in music and sparking creative interest in kids has coalesced into one harmonious position at PPN! whereas in the past, she’s had to do two separate things to plug both of those little heart-holes. She works to bring hands-on arts workshops and live concerts with local bands to arts-impoverished schools.
Mike Elliott, Tech Coordinator, is a nefarious videographer & audio engineer, who just happens to also assist nonprofits and the local arts community with photography, web development, design, and strategy. Though he is by no means a Jack of all trades, Michael surely exudes and evangelizes the DIY ethic & spirit. Having toured the world as musician and composer from a very young age, Michael is quite psyched to contribute to a kick-butt organization that is highly committed to bringing music and the arts to the Portland community.
Rochelle Hunter, Compilation Coordinator, has lived in Portland for three years and has been volunteering on the Booking Committee for the last two years. Actively pursuing her passion for cultivating the local creative community, she has been enjoying going to shows many nights a week, and working on many events and projects in Portland. She’s a Freelance Writer for the Portland Mercury, a Booking Coordinator for the 2012 Streetcar Mobile Musicfest, Production Assistant for two venues at Music Fest NW 2012, Event Coordinator of the 2012 Rigsketball Portland Band Basketball Tournament, and books shows for a few venues in town. Rochelle is looking forward to furthering her experience with PDX Pop Now! and with the local music community as the new Compilation Coordinator.
*All Board Members can be reached by email at email@example.com*