Tomi Anderson, an arts consultant from Portland, Oregon, has been named Eugene’s new Director of the Cultural Services Division. She was appointed by Renee Grube, executive director of the Library, Recreation and Cultural Services Dept., following a nationwide search. Anderson replaces Karm Hagedorn, who retired as director in August after more than 28 years with the Cultural Services Division where she began as an usher.
As the Cultural Services Director, Anderson will be responsible for managing, planning, directing and coordinating the activities of the City’s Cultural Services Division, including the operations of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Cuthbert Amphitheater, and the City’s Community Events and Public Art Programs.
Anderson brings years of experience in the arts profession to the position. She is currently Principal/Owner of 4th Wall, an arts communications and consulting company in Portland. Previously, she served as the Culture and Communications Policy Advisor for Portland Mayor Sam Adams and the City of Portland. She also worked with Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Oregon Children’s Theater. Anderson is described by her colleagues as an excellent leader, energetic, knowledgeable, creative, and passionate about art and culture. Her colleagues also say she is focused on building and nurturing internal and external relationships.
Anderson is a graduate of Portland State University where she majored in Marketing with a minor in Theatre. Her first day with the City of Eugene will be Dec. 10.