PDX Pop Now! 2014-2015 Team

PDX Pop Now! is managed by a volunteer Board of Executive Directors and Coordinators. Each Director is responsible for overseeing a particular facet of the organization, including but not limited to Logistics, Fundraising/Sponsorship, Grants, Outreach, Booking, Compilation, Tech/Web, Volunteer Coordination, Communications and Design. In this regard our Board operates in the capacity of a rotating volunteer staff.

Administrative Department

Administrative Director: Christine Rutan
Volunteer Coordinator: Beth Martin
Logistics Coordinator: Ian Shaw
Legal Counselor: Peter Shaver (Sound Advice, LLC)

Artistic Department

Artistic Director: Theo Craig
Booking Coordinator: Meagan Ruyle
Compilation Coordinator: David Gluck

Development Department

Development & Grants Director: Jessie Robertson
Sponsorship Coordinator: Jordan Brown
Fundraising Coordinators: Mike Knackstedt and Matt Allen

Outreach Department

Youth Director: Kelsey Johnson
In-School Coordinators: Amanda Toma

Finance Department

Finance Director: Brian Faist
Bookkeeper: Marian Slakie (Magnolia Management)

Media Department

Media Director: Annie Ostrowski
Graphics & Media Coordinator: Annie Miranda
Tech Coordinator: Mike Elliott
Graphic Designer: James Douglas Mitchell
P.R.: Annie Ostrowski (Riot Act Media)


Kelsey Johnson graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a degree in broadcast journalism. She grew up in the Portland area and enjoyed seeing the explosion and evolution in the local music scene. She wanted to get involved with PPN because she believes everyone should have access to live, local music! She loves working with kids and this position has been a great opportunity to reach out our community and inspire young people through arts and music.

Jessie Robertson, Development Director, is originally from San Francisco and moved to Portland in 2009 after graduating from Willamette University. With a background in development, she currently works in Blood Services at the American Red Cross coordinating specialized platelet match donations for patients across the country. She first joined PDX Pop Now as a member of the listening committee and is excited to have a more involved role in making music accessible to everyone. When not volunteering you can find her making mix CDs, debating between coffee or tea, and working up the courage to go biking in the rain.

Annie Ostrowski, Media Director, relocated to Portland after graduating with a degree in communications at Sonoma State University. She currently works as a music publicist for Riot Act Media and contributing writer to, in addition to her longtime role as the editor and writer for the Noise Pop & Treasure Island music festivals out of San Francisco. Annie began her volunteer work with PDX Pop Now! in 2011 as part of the 2012 festival booking committee and joined the board as Communications Coordinator summer 2012.

Beth Martin, Volunteer Coordinator, is a Northwest native making Portland her home since 2006. She began volunteering for PDX Pop Now! in 2011 at the Compilation Album Release Party and summer Festival. She has been on the Booking Committee and Listening Committee since 2012, and signed on as Volunteer Coordinator in the fall of 2012. In her spare time she enjoys planning her weekly radio show, running, cooking and frequenting shows around town. She currently works for a local music licensing agency.

Christine Rutan, Administrative Director, graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine where she studied English and Environmental Studies and worked for the college’s radio station,
WBOR. She joined the board in March, but has volunteered with PDX Pop Now! in various roles since 2005. Having grown up in and around the organization, she is excited to be back in Portland to return the favor and help PDX Pop Now! with its own growth. She is currently studying GIS and learning to run alongside a puppy.

Jordan Brown, Sponsorship Coordinator is a University of Oregon graduate who studied sociology and music. In her spare time she attends as many concerts and music festivals as she can, and hopes to one day be a part of the planning team for a large Northwest music festival. She is extremely excited to be involved with PDX Pop Now!.

Mike Elliott, Tech Coordinator, is a nefarious videographer & audio engineer, who just happens to also assist nonprofits and the local arts community with photography, web development, design, and strategy. Though he is by no means a Jack of all trades, Michael surely exudes and evangelizes the DIY ethic & spirit. Having toured the world as musician and composer from a very young age, Michael is quite psyched to contribute to a kick-butt organization that is highly committed to bringing music and the arts to the Portland community.

All Board Members can be reached by email at

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