Riki Saltzman
Oregon Folklife Network Director
Oregon Folklife Network

Rachelle H. (Riki) Saltzman, PhD., has been the Executive Director of the Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) since 2012. She collaborates with groups and organizations to develop projects, writes grants, makes presentations to community groups and state agencies, supervises staff and interns, oversees curriculum and exhibition development, and fundraises. Besides her administrative duties, Saltzman has raised over a million dollars in highly competitive grant funds for OFN as well as a matching amount from the University of Oregon. She also teaches Folklore and Foodways and Public Folklore classes at the University of Oregon. Saltzman serves on Travel Oregon’s AgriTourism Leadership Working Group, the Oregon Encyclopedia Board, and the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Board. From 1995-2012, Saltzman was the Folklife Coordinator for the Iowa Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs, where she developed two award-winning, online folklife curricula and co-produced “Iowa Roots” with Iowa Public Radio. Since 1982, Saltzman has worked at private non-profit and state agencies in nine states, where she directed a range of public programs, organized conferences, curated exhibits, conducted research, and was awarded grants from the NEA and NEH as well as from state and non-profit organizations. Saltzman, who obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, has written numerous public folklore publications as well as peer-reviewed articles in professional journals and books. She has served on the executive board of the American Folklore Society; she currently serves on the Society for the Study of Food & Society board and the editorial advisory board for Heartland Foodways (UI Press). She is the author of A Lark for the Sake of Their Country; the 1926 General Strike volunteers in folklore and memory (2012, Manchester University Press). Saltzman’s interests range from festivals, food, and place to ethnic identity and cultural heritage.