WELCOME CAMERON WHITTEN AS OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Cameron Whitten

Cameron Whitten

WELCOME CAMERON WHITTEN AS OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Photo courtesy of Mark Colman Photography

Our entire community is invited to Cameron’s Executive Director welcome party from 5:30 to 8:30 at Center for Intercultural Organizing (700 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217) on Monday, November 30th.

The Know Your City Board has been hard at work over the past few months providing creative programs that encourage our community to take action in the fight for social justice. And now, we have exciting news to share with you.

This year, Know Your City has been reflecting on how we can leverage the arts, education, civics, and creative placemaking to address growing inequality that is changing Portland and our nation as a whole. We sought out a new permanent Executive Director with lived experience of racism and economic inequality in Portland—someone who understands why our mission of combining the arts and social justice is so vital. We believe we have found that leader.

The Board of Directors at Know Your City is excited to announce Cameron Whitten as our new Executive Director!

For anyone who knows Cameron, one thing we can probably agree on is that we all know Cameron. His background in nonprofit administration and political advocacy has leveraged his mission in life—civic empowerment and justice for all people. His work has included collaborations with many local civic organizations, including the Bus Project, the Urban League, and the City Club of Portland.

Cameron serves on the Board of Trustees for Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Multnomah County Oregon Historical Society Levy Oversight Committee, the Bureau Advisory Committee for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and the Advocacy and Awareness Board for the City Club of Portland. He is in his final year of a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Portland State University. Cameron previously served as a Know Your City Board Member from January 2013, and as our Board President since January of 2014. He is succeeding our Interim Executive Director Amanda Tillstrom, who also served the organization as Programming Coordinator for the last three years.

Know Your City recognizes our community is in a flashpoint. Rents are skyrocketing, and  of tenants in the region are receiving no cause evictions as the housing state of emergency grows worse. Portland experienced the hottest summer in a century while local policies fail to demand urgent solutions to climate change. And #BlackLivesMatter has brought a magnifying glass to the systemic racism that continues undermine the vitality of communities of color. Sometimes the daily injustices feel overwhelming, but we know that our community deserves better.

We believe that the only way to stem this tide is by using our creative faculties to shift the culture of business, government, and society towards justice.

In 2015, Know Your City proudly launched collaborative projects such as DeGentrifying Portland, our Renters Rights Comic, our Jade Journal, and our People’s History of Portland Tours. We aim to enter 2016 strongly with new partnerships that make a critical impact in our community.

We look forward to working with Cameron Whitten as Executive Director as we continue our struggle for a more just and vibrant community. Please join Know Your City and welcome Cameron Whitten to his new role!

Our entire community is invited to Cameron’s Executive Director welcome party from 5:30 to 8:30 at Center for Intercultural Organizing (700 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217) on Monday,  November 30th.

Benjamin Gerritz

Board Chair, Know Your City

 

 

 

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7 Comments


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    Kristin Bowling
    Posted November 5, 2015 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! KYC is ON for 2016!


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    Evan
    Posted November 5, 2015 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    What a great choice! Looking forward to seeing all the great things you accomplish together.


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    Benjamin Gerritz
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the well wishes. Our organization is grateful for Cameron and for your continued support.

    Solidarity Always,
    Benjamin Gerritz
    Board Chair


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    Benjamin Gerritz
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the well wishes. We couldn’t agree more. Our organization is incredibly grateful for Cameron as well as for your continued support.

    Solidarity Always,
    Benjamin Gerritz
    Board Chair, Know Your City


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