Carl Talton, Community leader and S.T.E.A.M. Advocate
Community leader Carl Talton has dedicated most of his adult life to enriching and improving the lives of Portland residents. He has a 40-year record of community service, initiating and serving on the boards of numerous organizations focused on economic growth, housing development, health issues and education.
Talton is a founding member of the STEAM Coalition of Northeast Portland, which works to prepare students of color for STEAM jobs – those in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Technology. He is also a founding member of the Northeast Community Development Corporation, an affordable housing developer whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the culturally diverse population of inner north/northeast Portland.
Talton currently serves as the Ex Officio Chair for United Fund Advisors where he served 10 years as Chair and CEO of Portland Family of Funds and its affiliate United Fund Advisors, They are a financial management and consulting firm that specializes in transactions utilizing tax credits, equity investments and a variety of local and federal financing incentive programs designed to facilitate development in underserved communities.
Talton’s community and civic activities also include 10 years on Oregon’s Economic Development Commission and 15 years on the Portland Development Commission (PDC), including three terms as chairman. He chaired the PDC’s Enterprise Zone program for 10 years, and continues to assist with its initiative to bring tax waivers to new businesses to help generate private investments and employment opportunities.
He is the former Vice President of Government Affairs, Economic Development, Community Development and Business Development for Portland General Electric (PGE). Prior to PGE, he served for 25 years with Pacific Power and Light in numerous executive roles including Senior Public Affairs Representative and Director of Retail Business Operations.
His current and past community and board service includes: gubernatorial appointments to the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department and the Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development Commission; Concordia University-Portland Council of Trustees; Northwest Health Foundation; North/Northeast Community Economic Development Alliance; Albina Head Start; Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University; Metropolitan Leadership Council; Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs; Portland African American Leadership Forum; and founding member of Neighborhood Partnership Fund, where he served more than two decades.
John Maeda, Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, educator and technical advisor to startups, John Maeda is leading a national conversation about the role artists and designers play in a new creative economy and the business impact of design. In recognition of his work bridging design, computer science and business, “Esquire” magazine named Maeda one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century.
As a software engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Maeda also studied fine art and design. He later went on to earn a PhD in design from Tsukuba University’s Institute of Art and Design in Japan. At the start of his career, Maeda led a research team at the MIT Media Lab to connect design with computer science. He also created his own artwork that combined computer technology with traditional art techniques, some of which is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Cartier Foundation in Paris.
In 2008, Maeda became president of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). While president, Maeda led a national movement to add an “A” for art to the acronym STEM – the federal initiative to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in education.
Currently, Maeda is the design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in Silicon Valley and serves on the Board of Directors for Sonos and Wieden+Kennedy. He is also is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models.
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