Please Welcome Our Community Manager, Erica Rife!

January 17, 2017 | | View Comments

We are excited to announce Erica Rife as our new Community Manager at Design Museum Portland! Erica has been a huge supporter of the museum since 2012, when we were a finalist in the MassChallenge startup competition, where Erica served as the Program Director of events and educational curriculum. Erica remained a friend of the museum through the years while developing her career as an experience designer.

Erica is diving into the thriving Portland design community. She’s eager to connect and collaborate with other design enthusiasts to showcase the impact of design in the PNW and beyond. She looks forward to building our audience and launching a monthly series of conversation with artists, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, government officials, marketers, and educators. “I have loved Design Museum for years, and had the pleasure of working closely with Sam as a friend and mentor. I’m fueled by our aligned personal and professional missions to bring the impact of design to diverse communities, and can’t wait to get started with the team!”

In addition to MassChallenge, Erica worked to support entrepreneurs in several settings, including young entrepreneur non-profit BUILD, angel investment group Golden Seeds, and education technology conference LearnLaunch Across Boundaries. Most recently, she worked with John Maeda (Automattic, formerly president of RISD), Ivy Ross (Google), and Paola Antonelli (MoMA) on, an initiative to build a hybrid industry of design + technology + business. Erica holds a special interest in designing experiences and educational programs for innovative thinkers and doers while benefitting the community as a whole.

Sam Aquillano, the museum’s Founder and Executive Director, is equally excited to bringing Erica on board: “She has known the museum from the beginning, contributing to our growth in many respects — now we’re delighted to have her immersed in this incredible community as she works to build on our success.”

Needless to say, we are excited to welcome Erica to the team. She wants to meet you, too! If you’re interested in partnering with Design Museum Portland and showing our new Community Manager the ropes, send Erica an email at or a DM @designmuseumpdx.

Please join us in welcoming Erica!