Meet Our Community Coordinators

Community Coordinators are an integral part of Northwest Folklife’s mission and vision to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the year, Northwest Folklife and Community Coordinators work in partnership to co-curate programs and collaborate to present the diversity of cultures and traditions of the region. As experts and representatives of their community, their input is an invaluable part of the planning process.

More than 100 Community Coordinators work closely with staff to program more than 65% of the Northwest Folklife Festival, annual Cultural Focus, and Our Big Neighborhood. This is achieved through careful consideration of the unique needs of the community, artists, and audience, as well as reflecting on how to adequately grow and embrace the ever-changing cultural traditions and landscape of the region. These are ongoing conversations, and the ensuing relationships grow deeper year by year.

The goal for this program is to strengthen our relationship with the multitude of communities we serve through existing connections we have with Community Coordinators. With this, we can better understand how Northwest Folklife’s mission can support their community’s goals and further develop a program of reciprocity that will enrich the region’s diverse communities through multi-cultural participatory arts programming.

During its forty-five years, Northwest Folklife has been involved with an extraordinary group of communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Northwest Stories combines images and sounds that tell a community’s story in its own words. The first group of Northwest Stories is a series of eight videos with Community Coordinators that explore communities that have long been a part of the annual Northwest Folklife Festival. Listen, watch and learn more here.

Northwest Folklife is curated in collaboration with Community Coordinators. Thank you to these amazing leaders!


Adrian Olivias Karen Shaw
Alexander Krynytzky* Kathy Bruni
Alex MacLeod Katrina Ji
Ali Ghamberi King Khazm
Alicia Craven Kitty Wu
Alisa Lahti Lara Davis
Alma Plancich Latha Samburthi
Andreea Isac Lawrence Chatman
Amy Carroll Leigh Bezezekoff
Audrey Goodman Levi Fuller
Bernice Maslan Luther Black
Bo Johnson Manu Radford
Bob Barnes Marchette Dubois*
Bob Hamilton Marisol Sanchez Best
Carl Copeland Martha Cohen
Carrie and Kristen Watt Mary Sherhart
Charmaine Slaven Mary Ohno
Cherie Trebon MaryLee Lykes
Christopher Mena Melody Xie
Clare Woolgrove Melanie Paredes
Claudia King Michelle Badion*
Colleen Ross Michelle Shaevitz
Dan Roberts Mindie Lind*
Daniel Pak Mish Mish
Danny Adamson Neal Chin
Dean Paton Nick Droze
Dennis Caldirola Nikkita Oliver
Devon Leger Pam Berry
Don Meyers Patrick McMonagle
Edgardo Garcia Marjorie Nugent
Eduardo Mendonça Patty Leverett
Elias Bullock Sonny Newman
Elinor Vandergrift Peter McCracken
Eric Gilbert Ramona Holmes
Francisca Garcia Rex Kinney
Gabe Strand Rob Pastorok
Gabriel Marowitz Robert Rutherford
Greg Vandy Robert Sarazin Blake
Gregg Porter* Robynne Hawthorne
Gustavo Clark Roger Del Rosario
Geoff Curtis Sam Keator
Georgio Brown Sarah Comer
Hamdi Abdul Scot McKay
Harvey Niebulski Sean Jewell
Helen Gilbert Sherry Nevins
Ilana Rubin Sidney & Tom Deering
Ioana Bratie Stuart Williams
Ixtli Salinas White Hawk Su Nelson
Izumi Fairbanks Sue Isley*
Janet Stecher Sue Truman
Jaydeen Robinson Terry Groves
Jerin Howard Tina LaPadula*
Jerome Apis Tiphany Overzat
Jim Belcher Tony Mates
Jim McGill Tracey Wong
Joan Rabinowitz Trisha Tubbs
John Hayden Valerie
John Romero Wayne Palsson
Joseph Seamons Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser*
Joyce Paul Wes Weddell
JP Paredes Wilfred Padua*
Julia Krasnov Yasemin San

* = Past Community Coordinator