You've seen us in person once a year. You hear from us weekly whether it's through emails or phone calls. We are a small, but mighty, team running the day-to-day operations of Western Arts Alliance, and we are here to serve!
Get to know a bit more about each of us, as the outgoing Administrative Assistant Nicole Winschel sits us down for an interview.
Joined WAA in 1997
Tim Wilson started at the Western Arts Alliance (WAA) in October 1997. From 1993-1997, he was Executive Director of Alaska State Council on the Arts, and served on the Board of Directors of the Western States Arts Federation from 1994 to 1997 and the Board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) from 1995 to 1997. Tim holds a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern California. From 1986 to 1993, Wilson worked at Sealaska Heritage Foundation, where he served as Managing Director of Naa Kahidi, a Native Alaskan theatre company that nationally and internationally.
Joined WAA in 2014
Jennifier joined the incredible team at WAA in August 2014 after having relocated to Portland from New York City. In NYC, Jennifier was at the Broadway League--the national trade association for the Broadway theatre industry--for more than 10 years, and it was here she developed a genuine enthusiasm and passion for providing member-based service. In her role as the Conference Manager at WAA, Jennifier is responsible for organizing all operational aspects of its annual conference (including sponsorship acquisition, overseeing the exhibit hall, managing meeting space, and contracting with local vendors) as well as other smaller, more specialized events throughout the year. She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jennifier and her husband are the glowing parents of two fabulous and funny kiddos, 6 and 4.
Membership & Communications Manager
Joined WAA in 2014
A Portland, Oregon native, Tiffany returned to the Pacific Northwest and join the WAA team in 2014. Tiffany brings to WAA her love and appreciation for the performing arts. She has a BA in English and a minor in Dance from the University of San Francisco and completed an internship at The Kennedy Center, where she served as the Classical Music Press Intern, in 2013. In addition to her work in the arts, Tiffany has a background in account and project management in the digital advertising and marketing industries. While she's not plugging away hours in front excel sheets, Tiffany is reading (over 100 novels in 2015), writing poetry and nonfiction, cooking, or planning her next adventure with her Nikon D40.
Joined WAA in 2016
Miranda, a Portland, Oregon native, joined the WAA team in February of 2016. A recent graduate from Willamette University with a B.A. in Asian Studies and a minor in Art History, her background is in cultural outreach and visual art. She is excited to be working with WAA on the organization’s cultural initiatives by encouraging engagement and conversations through WAA’s new partnerships with Chinese performing art centers, Indigenous Performance and communities, as well as Conexiones. When she is not at her desk, Miranda is either skiing, talking to her sisters, watching dark suspense thrillers, or translating Chinese poems.