Nathan Rix's career focus is managing people toward strategic priorities across high-risk, high-visibility public sector programs and projects, using a multi-disciplinary and collaborative governance approach. Inclusion, authenticity, and integrity are central values that guide his professional and personal decision making. Nathan is passionate about elevating the social value of public art because of how it influences the imagination of Oregonians. Specifically, he believes public art has the capacity to inspire action toward social justice and serve as a guiding light so that one day, all communities and neighborhoods may flourish.
Nathan is currently the Deputy Director, Strategy & Policy with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and has held a variety of management roles over the past 8 years with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and Department of Human Services. Nathan has served on numerous non-profit and public sector boards and commissions that serve the tri-county area (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties), including as the Chairman of the Budget Committee with the City of Tigard. He currently serves as a Governor-appointed and Senate-confirmed Commissioner with Oregon Volunteers, which funds state-based AmeriCorps programs and promotes service, volunteerism and civic engagement across all of Oregon diverse communities.
Nathan is also a pilot, mountain climber, and avid dancer with a focus on the Lindy Hop, a social swing dance that was born among African-American communities in Harlem, New York City in the late 1920s. You can also find him rollerblading the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and Springwater Corridor with his spouse, Kristen.
Nathan holds a BA in Organizational Communication and Religion from Pepperdine University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from the City University of New York where he received AmeriCorps educational funding and served as a Teach for America Corps Member, and a Masters in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he worked as the Gerstacker Research Fellow at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.