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 Executive Director
Graham Cole joined White Bird in January 2020 to manage the White Bird Boutique, later becoming White Bird’s Chief Operating Officer and now Executive Director. He is honored to be furthering White Bird's mission, bringing world-class dance to Portland while fostering the growth of local artists.
Meet the Staff
The Board of Directors
Paul King, President
Walter Jaffe, Secretary, Treasurer
Ken Edwards, Kim Allchurch Flick, Sandra Holmes, Graham Cole,
Lisa Mangum, Shawn K. Mangum
Nancy & George Thorn, Founding Board Members Emereti