The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation announces the appointment of new directors to its board. Subashini Ganesan and Kali Thorne Ladd were appointed to the board effective January 2019. The appointments bring the Foundation’s board to seven members. In addition to Ms. Ganesan and Ms. Ladd, the Miller Foundation board includes Charles Putney, Peter Koehler, Alice McCartor, Charles Rooks, and William Swindells.
Subashini “Suba” Ganesan is an artist, arts administrator, and the Creative Laureate of Portland. As an artist Ganesan founded Natya Leela Academy where she choreographs and performs potent and universally relevant expressions in Bharathatyam. As the Founder and Executive Director of New Expressive Works she stewards a vibrant performing arts venue in Portland, that celebrates and supports multi-cultural independent performing artists to teach, be in residency, and create bold new works. Ganesan serves as a Community Advisory committee member of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center's (IFCC) and is part of the Teacher Advisory Council of the Portland Art Museum. As the Creative Laureate of Portland, Ganesan serves as the official ambassador for the broader creative community in Portland.
Kali Thorne Ladd comes to the board as a social entrepreneur and passionate advocate for equity and education transformation with a background that spans from teacher to policy maker over the last 18 years. After spending four years as Education Director for former Mayor Sam Adams, Ms. Ladd co-founded KairosPDX, a nonprofit dedicated to closing opportunity and achievement gaps for historically marginalized children. In 2012, Ms. Ladd won election to the Portland Community College Board of Directors, a board she currently chairs. In 2016, Ms. Ladd was appointed by Governor Brown to the Early Learning Council of Oregon, where she also currently serves. Ms. Ladd has also worked overseas in South Africa teaching and supporting the development of two community based-projects: a community library and a women-owned bakery.
In announcing the appointments, Director Charles Putney said: “We are so pleased to welcome Suba and Kali to the Miller Foundation board, bringing their experience in arts and education from the perspective of practitioner in the fields we fund. With the depth of knowledge they bring, we intend for the Foundation to continue to learn, change, and grow to meet the needs of artists and educators in Oregon.”