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The People's Colloquium has openings for the following volunteers.

  • Volunteer Outreach and Fundraising—Duties include assisting the Executive Director (Rich) with outreach and fundraising. Desirable skills: social media knowledge, good phone/email etiquette, grant-writing, a willingness to approach individuals and institutions in order to make connections. 5 hours of volunteering a week on average.


We’re a 501c3 nonprofit with a cooperative governance structure, where everyone who participates in The People’s Colloquium is welcome to help organize and manage the nonprofit.

  • Participant—attends People's Colloquium educational offerings on a drop-in basis.
  • Member—signed up to regularly attend People's Colloquium educational offerings and may become a Colleague after 12 attendances.
  • Colleague—has an official role in guiding The People’s Colloquium through Colleague voting and Colleague planning meetings; after 24 attendances, Colleagues may apply to serve on the Board of Directors.
  • Colleague Director—a Colleague Director is a member of the Board of Directors of The People’s Colloquium and is responsible for guiding the nonprofit as a whole.


  • The arts and humanities are sacred—we believe these traditions represent the summation of humanity's search for meaning (the humanities) and expression (the arts).
  • The arts and humanities are a right—we believe everyone without exception or constraint should have access to education in the arts and humanities.
  • All are equal, all are one—we believe in equality, fairness, and solidarity between all beings.
  • Learning from the past, working for a better tomorrow—we've accomplished much, but much is still left to be done.


Andrew McCollough

Community Coordinator

As a Community Coordinator, Andrew performs outreach on behalf of The People’s Colloquium. He’s a regular participant and facilitator in the People’s Ink, our creative writing workshop. While holding a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Oregon, his professional focus has been building innovative startups in the collaboration space, as well as serving nonprofits in various capacities. He’s an aspiring author of fantasy, science-fiction, and experimental text.

Emily Lisborg


As Treasurer, Emily oversees The People’s Colloquium’s finances, tax preparations, and related filings. She’s an active participant and facilitator in discussions related to philosophy and theory, and envisions promoting offerings pertaining to cultural ecology in the future. She has a BA in philosophy from Hartwick College, and owns a small business that specializes in rare tropical plants and frogs. She enjoys writing atmospheric, language-based fiction, and taking photos with the perfect amount of Bokeh.

Hans Otterson

Community Coordinator

As a Community Coordinator, Hans performs outreach on behalf of The People’s Colloquium, particularly as a part of the social media team. A couple nights a week he critiques fiction at The People’s Ink, and he loves helping others figure out how to make their stories work. Hans does case management for a Portland nonprofit, working in the developmental disability community. He has a degree in the visual arts and is an aspiring author of literary and speculative fiction.

John Koch


As Secretary, John oversees The People’s Colloquium’s records, tax preparations, and related filings. He’s a regular participant in The People’s Ink’s Poetry Critiques and the Anthology Focus Groups. He holds a BA in English from Rice University, and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School. He writes editorials for Underdogs, a quarterly photography magazine, and is the town historian for Hardman, Oregon. He’s a practicing attorney and the owner of Koch Law, LLC.

Josuee Hernandez

Vice President

As Vice President, Josuee is charged with assisting the President of The People’s Colloquium in her many endeavors. You can find him critiquing submissions at The People’s Ink, or facilitating discussions on critical race theory, philosophy, and related literature at The People’s Dialogue. He holds a BA in English from the University of Oregon and a MA in English from Portland State University, though he ultimately considers the Marine Corps his alma mater.

Kristen MacDonald


As president, Kristen is responsible for managing the Board of Directors and providing guidance to The People’s Colloquium. Kristen attends the Speculative Fiction Book Discussion and facilitates the Flash Fiction Focus Group, and serves as the layout editor for The Colloquium’s upcoming anthology. She holds degrees in political science and the visual arts, has taught at the college level, and serves on the boards of several Portland-area nonprofits.

Richard Pope

Executive Director

As executive director, Rich is responsible for organizing The People’s Colloquium’s educational offerings and strategic planning for the nonprofit as a whole. While active with all The Colloquium’s offerings, he can often be found facilitating discussions on various topics related to theory, philosophy, writing, and the arts. He holds a BA in philosophy from Kent State University, and a MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine from OCOM. He’s passionate about building community education at The People’s Colloquium.

Shannon St. Hilaire

Community Coordinator

As a Community Coordinator, Shannon performs outreach on behalf of The People’s Colloquium. She’s a regular participant in a variety of focus groups, from short-form nonfiction to long-form speculative fiction, in addition to serving as an executive editor for the upcoming anthology. She holds BAs in English and Spanish and supports the customer service knowledge base for a tech company.

Theodora Lenihan

Community Coordinator

As a Community Coordinator, Theodora (Theo) performs outreach on behalf of The People’s Colloquium. She’s an immigration attorney who’s passionate about justice, education, and fostering expressive platforms open to people of different backgrounds so that they can share their stories and experiences. She’s a small business consultant and board member for several Portland-area nonprofits, as well as a writer and reader of speculative and historical fiction.

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