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?
Short stories are my favorite, and I read them all the time. Recently I've been devouring Ted Chiang's Exhalation and A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin. I love the intensity of short stories. No word is wasted. Entire universes exist in a just a few pages of beautiful compact writing. They demand intentionality. Oh how I love short stories!
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 on the board of 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 from the Hampton Opera Center—because we shout it out so that everyone can stop and look.