As the Director of Community Engagement at Pride Foundation, Jedidiah brings nearly 20 years of community engagement and resource development experience, and a deep commitment to working for equity and justice for our communities in the Northwest.
Prior to his role with Pride Foundation, Jedidiah worked as a nonprofit consultant specializing in transition services and organizational assessment. Over the course two years, Jedidiah held Interim Director of Development and Executive Director roles with 15 organizations ranging from an international youth symphony, to an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, to an arts organization that supports adults with developmental disabilities, and more.
From 2011-2017, Jedidiah was the Executive Director with Ethos, Inc., an Oregon-based nonprofit that brings music education to over 7,000 youth through statewide in-school programming in rural and urban areas. Jedidiah worked as the organization’s Development Director from 2007-2011 and was instrumental (pun intended) in raising funds to purchase and renovate Ethos’ 14-classroom music school. Prior to his decade-long tenure with Ethos, Jedidiah worked with Equity Foundation, the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette, Gertrude Press, and the University of Western States.
Over the years, Jedidiah has also worked as an arts educator, both through teaching at the high school level and lecturing at numerous educational institutions including Whitman College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College. In 2001, he was selected as an Alexander Foundation Fellow and has received awards and artist grants from both the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Oregon Humanities.
Jedidiah is actively engaged in his community and serves on the Board of Directors with Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a pro bono network of attorneys that provides legal services to underserved creatives in Oregon.
Jedidiah lives in North Portland with his husband, two rescue dogs, and an unreasonable number of books. He enjoys staring at moving bodies of water, hiking through forests, Stevie Nicks (who he has seen onstage 14 times), reality TV, and fiction.
Favorite Quote: “Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers.” -Susan Sontag
Favorite Place in the Northwest: Anything touched by the Columbia River