The IPRC is proud to announce the selection of new Executive Director Alison “Alley” Pezanoski-Browne. Alley brings with her a suite of leadership skills, enthusiasm, and vision. She most recently served as the grants and communications manager at Caldera, where she built strong relationships within the local and statewide arts community. Aside from budget, grant, and project management experience, Alley also possesses a background in film, and is equipped with degrees in communications, critical theory, and research.
Upon accepting the position, Alley offered: “In a creative and literary city like Portland, the IPRC has played an important role of providing affordable access to independent publishing tools for twenty years. Joining the IPRC, my goals are greater sustainability, inclusivity, and collaboration. I’m thrilled to work with staff, board, and partners to ensure that the IPRC is a safe and welcoming space to all, to develop voice and community through letterpress, screen-printing, book-binding, writing and literary arts, design, and zine creation. Many artists and volunteers have invested their time and talent into making the IPRC all that it is, and I’m excited to meet and work with each of them. Make sure to say hello when you come by!”
Throughout a rigorous interview process, Alley strongly demonstrated her dedication to the IPRC’s mission to serve Portland’s vibrant maker community through various programs and special events with impact reaching thousands of artistic individuals. She’s eager and committed to building connections between local artists, authors, and publishers launching careers in new fields, and to providing creative, accessible, and collaborative environments in which people can work on their projects and find new inspiration.
Alley succeeds Interim Executive Director Brian Tibbetts, who has been instrumental in grounding the organization in its new location and has worked with staff to foster new relationships with community partners. The IPRC Staff, Board and community are so grateful for his commitment and grit in stewarding the organization through a time of transition, and wish him the best in his next chapter.
About Alley’s appointment Brian shared: “we couldn’t be happier to welcome a fresh perspective to the IPRC’s leadership. While we’ve been focusing on celebrating our twentieth anniversary as a key Portland makerspace, we’ve also been looking toward the future of the organization. Alley represents another step toward that bright future.”
Alley will take the helm on March 7, 2018. Please stop by the center to meet and welcome her to the IPRC community, and stay tuned for a meet & greet later this spring!