Ethos announces new queer Executive Director

 Ethos, a Portland non-profit organization, recently announced its new Executive Director. Jedidiah Chavez, who is also a known artist,has worked as the Ethos development director since 2008. Since then, Chavez has increased revenue by 30% and secured 1.5 million for capital improvements to the North Portland locations. Ethos currently operates three facilities in Portland. The after school program operates in 34 urban elementary and middle schools.  Being the largest community music school in Oregon, Ethos is able to reach out to both inner city and rural youth-providing quality music education.

Chavez, a gay Latino, has not only done an amazing job with Ethos, he is also known for his personal work with-in the community. Chavez coordinated the Safe Schools Inititave, which is a statewide effort to reduce bullying and harassment in Oregon Public schools as marketing and major gifts officer for Equity Foundation. He has also held leaderships positions with the YMCA’s Jack, Will and Rob Center, the University of Western States and also Gertrude Press.

 “It is a remarkable privilege to assume the role of Ethos’ executive director. I am excited and honored to    build on the strong foundation created by Charles Lewis. With my colleagues, I look forward to extending the impact of our programs while continuing to pioneer innovative practices in music education.” Chavez stated in a press release earlier this week.

Chavez has worked as Ethos’ development director since 2008 and has increased contributed revenue by 30 percent while also creating and sustaining relationships with Ethos’ families, staff, instructors and board of directors. Chavez was a member of Ethos’ management team that successfully secured $1.5 million for capital improvements to Ethos’ North Portland headquarters. He was also instrumental in forming a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service to place 10 AmeriCorps members in small towns across Oregon.

There will be a benefit for Ethos Music soon (details below) and I encourage those of you who can, to go and show your support.  We can expect to see some awesome Indie musicians preforming. Chavez had accomplished a lot in the community and I look forward to his continuous progress as the Executive Director for Ethos. You can follow Ethos on FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube.


A Benefit for Ethos Music

February 11, 2012

8pm, doors at 7pm

Wonder Ballroom

128 Northeast Russell Street Portland, Oregon 97212

21 & Over. $15.00 advance. $15.00 day of show.

VIP Tickets $35 includes balcony

Seat & priority bar service!

Tickets may be purchased at:

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