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Sommer Martin is the Director of Downtown Marketing at the Portland Business Alliance, where she develops and manages seasonal marketing campaigns designed to promote downtown attractions, businesses, amenities, events, experiences, and parking garages and parking validation within the City of Portland’s designated market area.
Before joining the Alliance, she was the Communications Manager at The Street Trust. She has over 15 years of non-profit experience ranging from education, retail, healthcare, affordable housing, and transportation. She also serves as a contractor for non-profits such as Albina Vision Trust and Camp ELSO to develop communications platforms and strategic communications plans.
Her most recent project, Another Day, was funded through a RACC grant, in addition to hosting a crowdfunding event to cover the cost of marketing efforts and film festivals.
She has a BS in Mass Communications + Theater from Tennessee State University and an MS in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. She enjoys directing and producing films, writing feature-length screenplays (horror), and volunteering for numerous humanitarian efforts in her free time.
This winter, she is launching her own production company that will center on hiring BIPoC crew members and telling their stories through a horror lens.
Jeff Harding started his career at the bottom rungs of the production chain in Portland and worked freelance in commercials and narrative films for several years. In 2007, he joined up with college colleagues (University of Oregon) to form Kamp Grizzly. At Kamp, he serves as Executive Producer and manages a wide variety of media creation from film productions to multifaceted global ad campaigns.
His coworkers typically describe his core strength as “passion” and he is an adept communicator and connector. He is particularly interested in big, outside the box thinking and thrive while attempting to bring seemingly impossible goals to life.
7 years ago Rachel was a med school drop out, who fell in love with this job as a PA on a shoot where her friend’s original PA bailed. “It was totally random, and I am thankful every day.”
She started at the bottom, as a PA, quickly became a coordinator, and is now a full time freelance Commercial PM and new Producer. As a member of the production department, she takes great pride in training new PAs and providing jobs and opportunities to her vendors and crew. She loves getting to know her PAs and helping them learn and gain experience in departments they want to go work in—like art or camera. “I take it as my responsibility to train my PAs to be the best they can be as future crew. I also train a new commercial coordinator almost every year–which is a big big job.”
Rachel is currently the only commercial PM training and establishing new commercial coordinators in the industry. “It’s a job that I take great pride in, a job that is unpaid and in addition to my actual duties as a PM. I currently have 5 established commercial coordinators working full time in this industry that I have mentored. Two of which have gone on to work in LA, and 3 that are the best Portland coordinators available.”
Courtney Williams came up as a First Assistant Director in physical production in NYC in the late 1990s; worked in story development with an indie production company for 5 years. Now in Southern Oregon, she teaches location shooting at SOU as an adjunct and create digital content, video and copy.
Magdalene is a DGA 2nd Assistant Director. She works in mostly narrative film and television with some commercial work as well. Magdalene has worked in Oregon in the film industry for 7 years now and recently completed teaching the PA training class for Oregon Media Pathways members in coordination with OMPA. “My main strength right now is in outreach and mentoring to underrepresented communities in our industry.”
Melanie is currently a Line Producer/Production Supervisor for ShadowMachine—currently on the Stop-Motion Animation feature film, Pinocchio. She has been an Independent Film and TV producer for over 20 years. Melanie moved to Oregon (from Australia via England) 8 years ago and is a permanent resident. She has produced feature films, documentaries, and shorts. She has experience with all forms of production from super low budget student/volunteer productions to higher end award winning long form projects (IMDB).
With significant experience in applying for funding (all Oz films are government funded to some degree) and industry lobbying, and also was the ‘Feature Film’ representative on the Screen Producers Association of Australia’s (SPA) council for a couple of years, Melanie brings valuable experience to OMPA—and a perspective that can bring new ideas to the table.
Noah Stanik is Executive Producer at Nike in Global Brand Creative Production. He has worked as a producer, director, and writer in advertising/marketing and is an award-winning independent filmmaker whose work has screened at numerous festivals. At Nike he produces advertising and marketing for broadcast, digital, and retail distribution around the globe. Forever a maker, when not busy creating film and video, Noah is busy designing and making furniture, video game consoles, or whatever is next. He lives with his awesome family in Portland, OR.
Based in the Pacific NW since 2005, first in Spokane, WA and now Portland, OR. Prior to this was a wonderful, 18-year stint as a Props Designer, Art Director, and crew member for theatre, TV commercials, and feature films in Philadelphia, PA. He brings to the table 30 years in the entertainment biz and 27 years as a Property Master & Art Director.
He is currently the Southern Business Agent of IATSE Local 488. He’s been a member of the Executive Board since 2010; elected Vice President in 2016 and put in charge of New Membership. cdavid rewrote their Member Handbook and created an online Member Orientation Program. In 2016 he instigated the creation of a training program for members and has served as the Training Coordinator since its inception.
Besides his work in the entertainment industry, he has founded and run a non-profit, worked administratively for arts organizations, and tended bar. He is a proud member in absentia of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, a found object artist collective.
When not working, you’ll find him hanging out with Benny the cat and his wife Colette—a Mental Health Counselor—both of whom keep him sane.
A Nigerian-American Producer, Director, and an Assistant Director who has studied directing under some of Hollywood’s most prominent and prolific filmmakers. He has directed and produced music videos, commercials, and films. His first feature, Hurricane In the Rose Garden (2008), screened at the Pan African Film Festival and Slamdance film festival before being picked up for distribution. He most recently served as an Assistant Director on local projects The Waterman, Shrill, and Trinkets.