Governance by boards of directors are a fairly obsolete and useless form of management. They hinder more than help. Two remaining purposes – to raise money, and to lead by example.

Regional Arts and Culture Council – Board of Directors. What’s missing? Who are these people? Who are these leaders-by-example? I count only 2 of 22 who are artists, and, I think, neither depend on the arts for their meals. And what do they represent in common besides RACC? Wealth, privilege and power.

RACC Officers

Mary Edmeades, Chair – Operations VP for Albina Community Bank

Ernie Bloch, Vice-Chair – retired director of the PacifiCorp Foundation (qualifying distributions FY 05/06 $2,171,117)

Claudia Burnett, Treasurer – She is COO of the Oregon Historical Society. Her father, C. Howard Burnett, was president of the OHS board from 1981 to 1983.

Jim Neill, Secretary – Davis Wright Tremaine

Eloise Damrosch, Ex Officio – RACC Executive Director

RACC Directors

Gwyneth Gamble Booth – long resume

  • Chair of the PGE Foundation (qualifying distributions for FY 03/04 $897,141)
  • Former Board member of PGE
  • Longtime producer / host of KOAP-TV’s Front Street Weekly

Peter Cookson – Dean of the Lewis & Clark Graduate School

Mark Edlen – Gerdling Elden, property development

Leslie Garcia – OHSU Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Pam Gibson – Ms. Scott Gibson, and an artist

Stacey Graham – VP of marketing for First Independent Bank

Larry Harvey – Pac/West Communications

Larry Lewis – Accounting professor at the University of Portland

Mary Maletis – Columbia Distributing and Maletis Beverage

Josie Mendoza – Ms. Hugh Mackworth of SmartForest Ventures

Carole Morse – President of PGE Foundation (qualifying distributions for FY 03/04 $897,141)

Tad Savinar – Artist

Deborah Saweuyer-Parks is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Homestead Capital (and long ago worked on LIEAP!)

Carol Smith is with Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education. She is Chief of Staff for Portland schools Superintendent Vicki Phillips (and likely successor).

Jayne Stamm – Ms. Doug Stamm, CEO of the Meyer Memorial Trust (qualifying distributions, $30,533,405 in FY 05/06)

Craig Thompson – General Manager of Hotel Monaco

Julie Vigeland – former Chair of the Junior League, Portland Civic Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and manager of their recent Capital Campaign. Ms. Ted Vigeland