about us... well me

MICHAEL McDONALD has over 20 years experience in marketing, advertising and public relations, specializing in non-profit arts. Since 2005 he has been the Communications Director for the Mendocino Art Center and has concurrently served as the Associate Publisher of the organization's preeminent Mendocino County arts and culture magazine, Mendocino Arts.


Prior to moving to the Mendocino Coast in northern California in 2002, Michael worked in marketing and public relations for Pacific Ballet Theatre and Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland, OR. He also worked for Portland-based online advertising agency, eyescream interactive, servicing national corporations as well as pro bono clients in the non-profit arts sector.


Michael was honored as a PGE/TACS “Community Treasurer” in the City of Portland for his work in non-profit management. He has served on many boards and advisory committees, including the Friends of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland Dance Festival, Mendocino Heritage Days and as a founding member of the Mendocino Arts Showcase.


His new obsession is photography, both abstract and travel. In March 2015 he entered his first juried exhibition, the New York Center for Photographic Art's "Wandering Curves" Exhibition. His abstract image, "Ghost Slinky," was awarded Honorable Mention by juror Debra Klomp Ching. Visit abstrakshen.com for more abstract photography.


His photography has been published in The Emerald Magazine, Western Art & Architecture, Open Exchange, Mendocino Arts, and Mendocino Travelers Guide, among others. Michael also served as an editorial advisor in the production of the art book, Dorr Bothwell: Straws in the Wind, an artist's life as told to Bruce Levene.


In his spare time, Michael enjoys traveling internationally and exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah with his wife Kathy, cheering on Bay Area sports teams, and writing acerbic political satire.

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