Duane Poncy Resumé & Portfolio

  • 26 Mar 2007

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Duane Poncy

2727 N.E. 13th Ave. #2,
Portland, OR 97212
Email: duane (at) elohigadugi.org
Homepage: poncy-mclean.net
Phone: 503-284-6403

Writing, Editing, Design and Media

Independent Publisher, Writer, Communications & Media Specialist 1984-present
Freelance clients include, or have included:

  • Human Solutions, Inc., designed a database program to track “The Closet” clothing program.
  • The Lawyer’s Campaign for Equal Justice, full color newsletter design and editing, journalism.
  • Oregon Health Action Campaign, database design, network development and administration, and newsletter editing and design.
  • Oregon Advocacy Center, newsletter editing and design.
  • Communication Workers of America, newsletter editing and design.
  • The Pacific Green Party, newspaper editing, design, copy and feature writing, website and ad design.
  • I have performed work for several other non-profits, small businesses and individuals. Work has included publication design, editing and writing, website design, electronic communication, video production, computer networking, database and software design.
  • Currently director of Elohi Gadugi, an Oregon non-profit. I am web and publication designer and co-editor of Elohi Gadugi’s publishing imprint, The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, Portland, Oregon. I published and edited Raising Our Voices: An Anthology of Oregon Poets Against the War, and other literary works. Developed of a Cherokee-English dictionary software program.
  • Currently a partner in Poncy MacEllyn Collaborative, a media consulting firm.

Editor, The Alliance & The Mid-Willamette Alliance 1984-1987

  • Served on the Editorial Collective of The Alliance newspaper, managed and edited Salem/Corvallis edition of multi-city monthly newspaper, combined circulation of 16,000. Managed office, kept books, maintained mailing database, wrote and edited copy, performed design and layout, coordinated volunteers, and sold ads. Pioneer in using computer technology in print publication.

Editor & Publisher, The Community Voice 1981-1983

  • Managed and edited monthly community newspaper in Central Oregon, circulation 2,000. Performed all duties of publishing a monthly publication, including design, layout, writing news copy, feature articles and a regular column, general office management, database and financial management.

Community Organizing and Nonprofit Management

Executive Director, Salem Multicultural Center 1991-1993

  • Performed public relations tasks, including frequent public speaking; raised $100,000 for capital development; organized board meetings and public focus groups; and oversaw day-to-day operations for a developing multicultural arts center. Managed the office, purchased supplies, and supervised up to 24 youth volunteers.

Coordinator, Salem Peace and Justice Center 1987-1991

  • Managed office; kept financial records; designed and maintained 600 member database; edited Center newsletter; Organized Give Peace a Dance, raising several thousand dollars per year for local peace groups; managed small bookstore; coordinated up to 20 volunteers; frequent public speaking.

Organizer, Salem Committee on Latin America 1988-1989

  • Developed program; maintained member database; edited newsletter; and performed outreach to student and Hispanic groups. Grant funded.

Organizer, Oregon Peace Network 1986

  • Designed survey; compiled database of Oregon peace organizations for the Topsfield Foundation’s Oregon Peace Directory; edited OPN Newsletter; co-wrote grant funding.

Director, Central Oregonians for Democratic Alternatives 1982-1983

  • Secured grant funding from McKenzie River Gathering; managed office; performed public relations and fundraising tasks; kept books; and coordinated the Eastern Oregon Network, networking progressive organizations in Eastern and Central Oregon.

Education and Training

  • B.S. in Political Science, Southern Oregon State College, 1975. GPA: 3.75.
  • Additional training from Midwest Academy (1985), Peace Development Fund (1989), and Institute for Cultural Affairs (1993) in long-range planning and nonprofit development; Chemeketa Community College Training and Economic Development Center (1994) in entrepreneurial skills.
  • Advanced coursework in survey research, grant-writing and journalism.
  • Two years coursework in art and design.

Computer and Technical Skills

  • Computer: proficiency with Quark, Adobe InDesign, Pagemaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Filemaker Pro, MySQL experience, HTML/ PHP / dynamic web design skills. Macintosh and Windows platforms. Network design and administration.
  • Video and Audio: skilled videographer, video and audio engineer, and editor on over 100 public access television productions. Producer of two radio programs for KBOO FM in Portland, Oregon.


  • TsalagiDict, A Tsalagi-Yonega/English-Cherokee Dictionary, Elohi Gadugi Software, 2000-2007.
  • Editor, Raising Our Voices, An Anthology of Oregon Poets Against the War, May 2003, The Habit of Rainy Nights Press.
  • A Review of Bowman’s Store, A Journey to Myself by Joseph Bruchac, Northwest Review, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2004.

Vita: leadership, writing, publishing, and education

  • Chair, Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, Southern Oregon State College, 1974-75
  • Co-chair, Deschutes County Campaign for Nuclear Safeguards (Initiative Campaign), 1976
  • Founding Member, Central Oregon Women’s Political Caucus, 1976
  • First elected President of AFSCME Local 1958, Central Oregon Community College Classified Employees, 1979 – 1980
  • CoChair, founder, Central Oregon Citizen’s Party, 1980
  • Founding member of Bend chapter of National Organization for Women, 1982
  • Editor of The Community Voice, a monthly community newspaper in Bend, Oregon, 1981-1983
  • Founder and Director of Eastern Oregon Network/Coalition for Democratic Alternatives, 1982
  • Chief Organizer, Bread Not Bombs conference, Bend, Oregon, October 1983
  • Led “Media for Activists” workshops for eastern Oregon peace organizors, October 1983
  • Founder and Director, The Network Project, Salem, Oregon, 1984
  • Secretary, Marion-Polk Jesse Jackson for President, Salem, Oregon, 1984
  • Founder and editor for The Willamette Alliance, the mid-willamette valley edition of a multi-edition monthly newspaper, published in Portland, Salem, Olympia and Eugene.
  • Chair, Marion-Polk Rainbow Coalition, 1986-1989
  • Founder and Director, Salem Peace and Justice Center, 1987
  • Chair Marion-Polk Jesse Jackson for President Campaign, 1988
  • Emcee, rally of over 2000 for Jesse Jackson in Salem, Oregon, April 1988
  • Interim Chair, Oregon Rainbow Coalition, 1989. Nominated by Chair Beverly Stein upon her resignation
  • Founding member the Salem Multicultural Center, 1991, Director from 1991 – 1993
  • Producer of Of Cabbages and Kings with Bryan Johnston, a video talk show, and numerous other cable access programs, 1991 – 1994
  • Instructor, Video Production, a Senior Project credit course for North Salem High School students, through the auspices of Salem Community Television and Communication Workers of America, January – May, 1994
  • Author and publisher of TsalagiDict, an English-Cherokee software-based dictionary, used by students of the Cherokee language, 2000 – ongoing
  • Editor of The Green Voice, newspaper of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon, 2001 – 2003
  • Founder of The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, a small literary press in Portland, Oregon, 2003
  • Cover and text design for Raising Our Voices: An Anthology of Poets Against the War, a collection which includes many of Oregon’s top poets, June, 2003
  • International Poetry Day. One of eight poets invited to read, including Walt Curtis and Ursula K. Le Guin and others, September 11, 2004
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Elohi Gadugi, a nonprofit promoting literary arts and social justice, 2004 – 2005
  • Katrina Poetry Benefit, invited to read with Judith Barrington and others, October 16, 2005
  • Poetland, Invited to read as part of Portland, Oregon’s Wordstock Festival, April 15, 2006
  • Producer of Roadside Bomb, two half-hour radio poetry programs for KBOO FM in Portland, Oregon, April and June, 2006.


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