Meet Our Community Coordinators

Central to the values of Northwest Folklife is for communities to have voice and agency in the representation of their cultural expressions. More than 130+ Community Coordinators, including prominent artists, educators, culture bearers, and leaders throughout the region work closely with Northwest Folklife throughout the year to co-create and co-curate programs including the Northwest Folklife Festival as well as the annual Cultural Focus and Our Big Neighborhood youth and family program. These relationships are an integral part of our mission and vision. “As the lifeblood of all Northwest Folklife programs, our relationships with Community Coordinators, are the heart and soul of the organization,” says Northwest Folklife Executive Artistic Director, Kelli Faryar.

Adrian Olivas | By Christopher Nelson

“Being a Community Coordinator for Northwest Folklife means a lot to me because it gives me an opportunity to make a connection between regional Mexican folk groups and Folklife. It gives every artist involved the opportunity to meet each other and share a stage but most importantly, we get to build new relationships. I have been performing with Folklife with Bailadores de Bronce for about twenty-two years and, as a performer, it is something we always look forward to. Now, I have been able to share experiences and introduce new organizations to the Folklife family.”- from Community Coordinator, Adrian OlivasMexican Folklórico Community, Executive Director of Bailadores de Bronce, Alum Cultural Focus Member of Echoes of Aztlan and Beyond.

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


Adrian Olivas Hamdi Abdul Martha Cohen
Afshin Sepehri Helen Gilbert Mary Ohno
Alex MacLeod IFTHEN MaryLee Lykes
Alicia Craven Ilana Rubin Melody Xie
Alisa Lahti Ioana Bratie Melanie Paredes
Alma Plancich Izumi Fairbanks Michelle Demers Shaevitz
Amy Carrol Ixtli Salinas-White Hawk Mish Mish
Andreea Isac Janet Stecher Nancy Chang
Audrey Goodman Jay Hollingsworth Nick Droze
Becky Errera Jaydeen Robinson Nikkita Oliver
Benji Rifati Jeff Patron Pam Berry
Bernice Maslan Jerin Howard Patrick McMonagle
Bo Johnson Jerome Apis Patty Leverett
Bob Barnes Jerrell Davis Peter McCracken
Bob Hamilton Jill Green Ramona Holmes
Bruce Baker Jim Belcher Rana San
Carl Copeland Jim Boneau Randy Pomeroy
Carrie and Kristen Watt Jim McGill Rex Kinney
Charmaine Slaven JJ Stein Rick Harlan
Clare Woolgrove Joseph Seamons Robert Blake
Cherie Trebon Joan Rabinowitz Robert Rutherford
Colin Michael McGee John Hayden Roger del Rosario
Colleen Ross John Romero Ronald Wilson
Daniel Pak Joyce Paul Sam Keator
Danny Abramson JP Paredes Sarah Comer
Dean Paton Julia Krasnov Scot McKay
Dennis Caldirola Kabao Xiong Sean Jewel
DeVon Mainer Karen Shaw Sherry Nevins
Don Meyers Kate Berwanger Simon Okelo
Edgardo Garcia Kathy Bruni Sue Truman
Eduardo Mendonca Katrina  Ji Su Nelson
Eleni Govetas Kitty Wu Sonny Newman
Elias Bullock King Khazm Sidney Deering
Elinor Vandergrift Kyle Schierbeck Tiphany Oversatz
Eric Gilbert LaTanya Horace Tom Keeney
Essam Muhammad Lara Davis Tom Landa
Fasil Teka Latha Samburthi Tony Mates
Francisca Garcia Lawrence Chatman Tracey Wong
Gabriel Marowitz Levi Fuller Trisha Tubbs
Gabe Strand Lila Kitaeff Wayne Palsson
Geoff Curtiss Lolie Farinas Wes Weddell
Harvey Niebulski Manu Radford Yasemin San
Marjorie Nugent

 Interested in becoming a Community Coordinator? Reach out to programming@nwfolklife.org.