I am a Native Oregonian.

You're probably from California, or maybe even New York. It's ok. I don't hold it against you. The old guard of Oregonians liked slogans like "Welcome to Oregon, Enjoy Your Visit!" and "We Don't Tan, We Rust!" They weren't too keen on newcomers, but I welcome everyone here. After all, I'm not Native American, so I'm not really native here either! Just one piece of advice if you want to fit in: play nice and pick up your trash.

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Where do I start with Aaron? He is probably one of the most ambitious, dedicated, thoughtful team-oriented leaders I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He puts his heart and soul in to his work and then still manages to save time to volunteer in his community. He is genuine and incredibly authentic which can be seen in the work he does, no matter what the project.
— Mollie Worcester, WGBH (PBS), Boston, MA
Aaron was Board President (1998-2004) at Epilepsy Foundation Northwest when I was Executive Director. He led the Board in establishing three major fundraising events, created a resource manual to support grant applications, and led the Foundation to win four different annual national awards. Aaron is a tranformational leader.
— George Ivan Smith, Portland, OR

Achievements, Awards & Education

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Author, 2016 Foreword Indie Book of the Year Award Finalist (LGBT category) for Growing Up Twice: Shaping a Future by Reliving My Past. Selected for Kirkus Review's upcoming July 2017 list: "15 Indie Books to Discover."
  • Completion and successful distribution of three feature documentaries. These films have won awards and achieved national or international distribution in theatrical, cable, and video-on-demand release.
  • Feature narrative film producer
  • Recipient of grant funding from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) for creation of new musical (2013)
  • Multnomah Count Hilltop Award for Personal Achievement Serving Children and Families (2011)

FILM AWARDS

  • Best Documentary awards for MONSTER CAMP from these festivals:
    • Cinequest (Audience Award); Miami Underground Film Fest; Rome International and Movie Sauce

  • Telly Award for THE MAN YOU HAD IN MIND documentary
  • Best Documentary MY DAYS OF AWE AND GRIEF, Forest Film Festival
  • Scholarship recipient, Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA)

WEBSITE AWARDS

  • Web Marketing Association
    • Best U.S. Mobile Website, Commercial Real Estate and Professional Services categories
  • Legal Marketing Association website awards:
    • 2nd Place: Electronic Marketing Award
    • Electronic Marketing 1st Place
  • Web Marketers' Association Awards
    • Outstanding Website
  • Law Computing Magazine
    • Best Law Firm Website 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Marketing Director, HFO Investment Real Estate (2006-Present)
  • Project Assistant, Governor's Office of Film & Television (2004-2006)
  • Marketing Director, Miller Nash LLP (2000-2004)
  • Marketing Director, Barran Liebman LLP (1998-2000)
  • Marketing Administrator/Paralegal, Lane Powell LLP (1995-1998)
  • Paralegal, Law Offices of Steven J. Fields (1989-1996)

BROADCAST NEWS EXPERIENCE

  • News writer: KEZI-TV (Eugene), KIRO-TV (Seattle)
  • News writer & reporter: KPNW AM/FM (Eugene), KLCC (Eugene)

NONPROFIT BOARD EXPERIENCE

  • Founding Board Member, Public Citizen Theatre (2017-Present)
  • Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters (2014-2017)
  • Ambassador Board, Big Brothers/Big Sisters (2007-2017) 
  • Board Member, Oregon Media Production Association (2013-2015)
  • Past Board Member, Portland Area Theatre Alliance (2009-2014) 
  • Past Board Member, Hollywood Theatre (2002-2004)

EDUCATION

  • B.A. JOURNALISM (University of Oregon)
  • A.A. PARALEGAL STUDIES (Edmonds C.C.)
  • DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIES (Art Institute, Portland)
  • JUDAIC STUDIES (Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem)