Phinney Brown began her role as Executive Director for the Arts Center Task Force in July of 2021. She reports to the ACTF Board of Directors and is the primary spokesperson for the organization to volunteers, community members, and key stakeholders. She plays an integral role in the operations, fundraising, and strategic planning necessary to carry out the organization’s mission: to build a performing and visual arts center that advances the cultural and economic vitality of our region.
Phinney has called the Tri-Cities home since 2006, having grown up in Hermiston, OR. She has been involved in the local performing arts community for many years as an actor, singer, director, and costumer. She is also a visual artist, working primarily in Indigenous style beadwork and moccasin making, and is a lineal descendant of the Coeur D'Alene Tribe. Phinney has worked with many local arts organizations over the years including The Rude Mechanicals, Richland Players, and Columbia Basin College Summer Showcase.
Phinney's professional background is in nonprofit management, marketing, and event planning, and she is eager to use her skills and experience to help bring a much-needed performing arts center to the Tri-Cities.
She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Raleigh Hawthorne is the Manager/Coordinator for the Arts Center Task Force, a position she has held since December 2020. She reports to the Executive Director and is a key
member of the team responsible for implementing the operations, fundraising, and strategic
planning necessary to carry out the organization’s mission: to build a performing and visual arts center that advances the cultural and economic vitality of our region.
Raleigh grew up in Portland, OR and has lived in Richland for 6 years. She is a dedicated member of the Tri-Cities arts community as an actor, singer, emcee, planner, and director. Raleigh has worked with The Rude Mechanicals Shakespeare company, The Richland Players, Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, and Academy of Children's Theatre. She has performed with and currently sits on the board of Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and is the Event Coordinator for the Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser.
Raleigh is also a local activist, public speaker, and political campaign manager. She owns her own photography business, Hawthorne Lux, and can be heard weekday mornings on AJ and Raleigh in the morning on Mix 105.3. Raleigh is excited to help bring the dream of a world class performing arts center to the Tri-Cities, and eager to work with the community to make our area an even more wonderful place to live.