Describe what you do for Portland Opera
As part of the external affairs team, I help develop and steward the Portland Opera brand. I oversee our marketing/advertising, communications, public relations, ticketing functions, and earned revenue operations.
What book/poem is currently inspiring you?
I just finished reading an English translation of the epic of Gilgamesh. It is one of the oldest stories that we have in the world, preserved on clay tablets dating back as far as four thousand years. It was really fascinating to learn about which parts are missing or not yet translated. It was interesting to me that the story, as old as it is, carries themes that people still struggle with: it is about friendship, and facing mortality, and poses questions about personal and public legacies.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A marine biologist so that I could save the whales, and also a professional dream interpreter.
In my free time, you can usually find me...
Gardening in Garden Home where I live with my husband and cats. Also reading, spending time with family and friends, and exploring Oregon (I moved here from Chicago in 2016). I also spend time volunteering with the Cultural Coalition of Washington County.
What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?
I have so many wonderful Portland Opera memories! I love the excitement of welcoming audiences for each opening night performance. I also love when our team sees rainbows at the Hampton Opera Center—because we shout it out so that everyone can stop and look. Since we've been working from home we put rainbow sitings in the chat, but it just isn't the same.