Regional Arts & Culture Council elects new board members and officers

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) board of directors has elected Mike Golub board chair for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. Mike is the President of Business for the Portland Timbers and has more than 25 years of experience in professional sports marketing and management, including leadership positions with Nike, the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Rangers and the National Basketball Association. For the past two years Mike has co-chaired RACC’s annual Work for Art campaign. He also serves on the board of the Portland Business Alliance, Children’s Cancer Association, Oregon Sports Authority and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Phillip T. Hillaire has been re-elected vice chair. Hillaire is a member of the Lummi Tribe. He is involved in protecting tribal sovereignty, cultures, arts and traditions. He has coordinated fundraising events for Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and planned conferences and handled communications for the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians.

Eileen L. Day has been re-elected treasurer. She became a CPA in 1997, and has experience in financial reporting, development and analyses of key performance indicators for finance and operations, budgeting and forecasting. In 2003 she joined Portland Center Stage as the Finance Director. In 2005, she joined Holmes & Company and has been the audit partner since 2007.

Steve Rosenbaum has been elected secretary. Steve is an independent marketing consultant and the founder of Pop Art, a digital marketing agency. He believes that arts education is critical to the innovation economy, and has served on the boards of City Club of Portland, the Software Association of Oregon, Tech America Oregon, Chess for Success and the Oregon Bus Project.

Other continuing RACC Board members include Nik Blosser, Verlea G. Briggs, Katy A. Brooks, Robert Bucker, Raymond C. Cheung, CPA, Representative Lew Frederick, Debbie Glaze, Osvaldo ‘Ozzie’ Gonzalez, Angela Hult, Dana Ingram, Susheela Jayapal, David R. Lofland, Jr., Linda McGeady, Brenda L. Meltebeke, Joanna Priestley and Shyla M. Spicer.

In addition, four new members have been elected to the RACC board:

  • Parker Lee is president of the design consultancy Compass52, and co-author of The Art of Opportunity. He is a veteran of the technology, entertainment and sports marketing industries. Most recently, Lee was president and executive vice president of business development at XPLANE. He also co-chairs RACC’s Business Committee for the Arts.
  • Anita Menon is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Anjali School of Dance. She is recognized as one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form originating in Southern India. Anita has directed theatrical productions here in Oregon that are Indian adaptations of Classical Western plays by Shakespeare and Agatha Christie.
  • Mitchell Nieman is the Assistant to the City Manager in Milwaukie, Oregon. He liaises the city’s arts committee and manages public affairs, communications, and neighborhood services departments. He has experience managing public and private capital and redevelopment projects and bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders and underrepresented community members.
  • Anita Yap is the founding partner of the MultiCultural Collaborative, a partnership of professionals of color providing consulting services for equity, inclusion and diversity services for non-profits and governments. Her team focuses on authentic community engagement with culturally specific communities, urban design, equity policy, facilitation, strategic planning and organizational development.

Board and staff profiles are available online at

Eric Hormel and Joe Krumm rotate off the RACC Board on June 30, 2016. RACC greatly appreciates their long and committed service to the organization and the local arts community.

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New RACC board members (from left) Parker Lee, Anita Menon, and Anita Yap.

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The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through Work for Art; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools through The Right Brain Initiative. RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and is working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts. For more information visit