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Debra Porta-Executive Director

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Debra Porta has been actively engaged with Pride Northwest as volunteer, as Board President (2007-2015), and now as Executive Director, since 2006. Under Debra’s leadership, Pride Northwest as home to the annual Portland Pride Festival and Parade, has grown into a nationally-recognized Pride organization. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Debra studied at Portland State University, receiving her Master’s in Public Administration with a Specialization in Nonprofit Management.

Debra believes strongly in the power of Pride as far more than a single event (or even month of events). A dedication to inclusion and a respect for all of the identities that make up our community underscores Debra’s approach to community engagement and to Pride. When not living Pride, Debra lives in North Portland with her wife and four-legged children, supporting and advising various grassroots community groups.

 
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Max West-Pride Registration and Exhibitor Relations

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Max joined Pride Northwest in 2012, first as a Festival volunteer and now staff, coordinating registration processes and overseeing the Pride Waterfront Festival site. Max’s extensive experience in meeting and event planning has proven invaluable to Pride Northwest.

A graduate of Portland State University, Max’s career focus is community psychology and community-based research. Out since 1976, Max has long celebrated Christopher Street Remembrance Day, the name Pride goes by in many parts of the world, and its original name.

According to Max, Pride is important to him because “I know what it is like to have to hide, and I know what it feels like to have hidden and no longer do so. I believe that the community aspects of Pride serve as social currency, elements that enable an individual to behave with autonomy and feel a sense of belonging and community connection.”

 
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Megan Reno-Volunteer and Administrative Assistant

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Megan began her journey with Pride Northwest as a volunteer in 2015. When she isn't working part-time for Pride Northwest, Megan spends her time going to college and raising her kiddo. Megan lives in a tiny home and can often be found with a wrench or a screwdriver wearing a confused scowl - every day is an adventure!"

 
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Kari Anne Horton - Program Assistant

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Kari Anne joined the Pride Northwest family just in time for Portland Pride 2019. She brings with her a breadth of knowledge in program planning and communications. Kari Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and three years of Master’s work in Public Administration. Out since 2016, Kari Anne has embraced her queerness and is excited to join Pride Northwest in her dream job as Program Assistant.

Pride is important to Kari Anne because of its community. Living in the closet for most of her life she never felt fully accepted in queer spaces until Pride. She hopes her work at Pride Northwest helps other queer folks feel accepted and welcome. A huge fan of all things Broadway related, Kari Anne lives with her two loves of her life, her cats Slayer and Dio.