Carrie Kikel is a longtime nonprofit communicator who has led communication efforts in the arts, education and health care arenas. Carrie spent 15 years with the Oregon Symphony, from 1991 to 2006, where she held the position of vice president of communication. Her Symphony accomplishments include initiating annual telecasts and National Public Radio broadcasts, organizing media partnerships that allowed a post 9/11 In Memorium concert to be experienced by 250,000 Oregonians and orchestrating a national simulcast and release parties for a Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute recording that then reached number four on the Billboard classical charts. She also led communication for the music director transition that paid tribute to James DePreist and welcomed Carlos Kalmar.
Carrie joined Providence Health & Services in 2006 and served as a regional public affairs manager until 2012 when she established her own consulting business. Her cultural clients have included fEARnoMUSIC and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, as well as the Arts Commission and the Cultural Trust. She also helped found Portland Radio Project, an online music station honored with two Edward R. Murrow Awards in its first six months on the air.
Kikel has an associate degree in journalism from Mt. Hood Community College, where she started her communication career, and a bachelor’s in communication from Marylhurst University. She lives in Canby with her beloved Springer Spaniel Ella and has three grown children – Daniel, Nichole and Kelsie – and five grandchildren – William, Kody, Alexa, Isaac and Ashlynd. Carrie is an avid walker and loves adventures with family and friends.