PDX Pop Now! 2014-2015 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: Leigh Belacic
Volunteer Coordinator: Erika Breton
Green Room Coordinator: Gretchen Klein
Logistics Coordinator: Ian Shaw
Legal Counselor: Peter Shaver (Sound Advice, LLC)
Artistic Director: Meagan Ruyle
Artistic Coordinator: Laura Mark
Compilation Coordinator: Cervante Pope
Merchandise Coordinator: Nathan Day
Development & Grants Director: This volunteer position is open. If you are interested in applying? Go here!
Grants Coordinator: Interested into applying? Go here!
Sponsorship Coordinator: Jennifer Thelander
Fundraising Coordinators: Apply Now! Go here!
Outreach Director: Kelsey Johnson is our current outgoing Director. Lenka Becvar is one of our Outreach Coordinators. We are looking for another coordinator, if you are you interested in applying? Go here!
Finance Director: This volunteer position is open. If you are interested in applying? Go here!
Bookkeeper: Marian Slakie (Magnolia Management)
Media Director: Annie Ostrowski
Media Coordinator: Beth Martin
Graphics Coordinator: Annie Miranda
Media Sponsorship Coordinator: Jeni Wren
Tech Coordinator: Mike Elliott
Kelsey Johnson, Outreach Director, graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a degree in broadcast journalism. She grew up in the Portland area and enjoyed seeing the explosion and evolution in the local music scene. She wanted to get involved with PPN because she believes everyone should have access to live, local music! She loves working with kids and this position has been a great opportunity to reach out our community and inspire young people through arts and music.
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 in addition to her longtime role as the 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 Media Director summer 2012.
Beth Martin, Media Coordinator, is a Northwest native making Portland her home since 2006. She began volunteering for PDX Pop Now! in 2011 at the Compilation Release Party and summer Festival, has been on the Booking Committee and Listening Committee since 2012, was the Volunteer Coordinator from 2012 to 2015 and signed on as Media Coordinator in January 2015. PDX Pop Now! is her favorite aspect of the local music scene and she is thrilled to see what 2015 has in store. She currently works for a local boutique music licensing agency.
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.
Annie Miranda, Graphics and Media Coordinator, made the trek from Billings, Montana to Portland 5 years ago to pursue music, food, and friendship. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and International Business. She currently works as Graphic Designer and Events Coordinator for a third-party health insurance company as well as Art Director and Event Coordinator for Touchy Feely Records, a new indie label here in Portland. In her spare time she does freelance graphic design work for local bands and companies. Annie volunteered her time on graphic projects for the 2013 PDX Pop Now! Festival and officially joined the team in 2014 as Graphics and Media Coordinator.
Erika Breton, Volunteer Coordinator, came to Portland in 2006 to attend the University of Portland. There she was a DJ at KDUP and studied Elementary Education and Spanish. After graduating in 2010, she began teaching in a Spanish-English bilingual first grade classroom and has been there ever since. Erika has volunteered with PDX Pop Now! since 2013 (at the festival and comp release party, and on the listening committee) and is excited about her new role as Volunteer Coordinator. When not in the classroom or volunteering, she enjoys live music, movies and pizza.
Laura Mark, Artistic Coordinator, graduated from Franklin University Switzerland in 2014 with a degree in Visual Communications emphasizing in Studio Art. After plenty of exploring, she set her roots back down in her hometown of good ol’ Portland, Oregon.
Wanting to be more involved in the local music community while home for the summers, she began volunteering for PDX Pop Now! in 2012 at the Festival. Laura has since volunteered every summer, been on the Booking Committee since 2015, and signed on as Artistic Coordinator in January 2016. As a music loving teenager herself, frustrated by the lack of all-ages shows in Portland, Laura’s love of PDX Pop Now! and the annual compilation goes way back. She knows the importance of making music accessible to all-ages and is super excited to be a part of the PDX Pop Now! team. When she’s not volunteering she works as a freelance graphic designer and enjoys eating breakfast and doodling.
Gretchen Klein, Green Room Coordinator, graduated in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a degree in Film Studies. After graduation, she held seasonal positions with the Milwaukee Film Festival and also worked as the Hospitality Assistant with the Pabst Theater Foundation catering to every need of touring acts performing in Milwaukee, WI. In 2014, she relocated to Portland to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Currently, she works at LAIKA as well as some part time work with Revolution Hall and Mississippi Studios. She is beyond thrilled to bring her passion for artfully crafted live music experiences to PDX Pop Now!
All Board Members can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org