Our Team

Meet the Co-Founders

Walter Jaffe and Paul King launched White Bird in July 1997 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing excellence in dance to Portland, Oregon. Their cockatoo Barney, the ‘CEO’ and namesake of the organization, keeps things lively, and is over 30 years old.

(Photo of Walter, Paul and Barney by Fritz Liedtke)

Meet the Staff



Graham Cole

Executive Director

Jeff Forbes

Technical Director

Natalie Anthony

Graphic Design

Stephanie Sussman

Senior Archivist

The Board of Directors

Paul King, President

Walter Jaffe, Secretary, Treasurer


Ann Edwards, Ken Edwards, Susan Ellis, Kim Allchurch Flick, Sandra Holmes, Gary Nelson, Minh Tran

Nancy & George Thorn, Founding Board Members Emereti