Raised within the traditions of her native Estonia, Aili sees culture as a critical lens to understanding place and identity. The arts and heritage are places where people meet with the capacity to imagine a better future. Following graduation summa cum laude with a degree in History from Lewis & Clark College, Aili has built a career in research, development and programming for cultural nonprofits and state cultural agencies. Editorial and research projects include Oregon Stories, a collection of place based stories celebrating Oregon statehood, and the Oregon Heritage Vitality Report assessing Oregon’s heritage challenges and opportunities. Aili has worked directly with Columbia River tribal governments, tradition keepers and educators and has led development projects among Columbia River communities. Aili has led projects for the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon 150, the Oregon Heritage Commission and Confluence, exploring how culture inspires and sustains community vitality. As Manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust, Aili oversees the Trust’s three grant programs, leads annual marketing and development appeals, provides support and technical assistance for Oregon’s cultural nonprofits, provides ongoing programmatic assessment and impact measurements, administers the Trust county and tribal coalition programs, and supports ongoing statewide impact projects for the Trust statutory partners. She lives in Portland with her husband and escapes to Oregon’s many trails and mountains as often as she can.