Meet Your Co-Chairs
Jessica Murphy Moo
Jessica Murphy Moo is the editor of Portland magazine, the publication of the University of Portland. Previously, she was an instructor of nonfiction writing for the University of Washington’s professional and continuing education program and has held a range of editorial positions, including communications editor at Seattle Opera, staff editor at The Atlantic, and fiction editor at Memorious, an online literary magazine. Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Image, and Memorious. Her nonfiction has appeared in Portland, Poets & Writers Magazine, ParentMap, Portland Monthly, and theatlantic.com, among other publications. Murphy Moo is also a librettist. She wrote the words for two operas—An American Dream and Earth to Kenzie—which have been produced at Seattle Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other companies.
Rin-rin Yu is the editor-in-chief of publications at Howard University in Washington, D.C., including Howard Magazine, Bison Beat (the president's monthly newsletter) and the Dig (the news and information website). She has a diverse background in web, print, and television journalism, as well as marketing and business development. Previous places of employment include Washingtonian, where she led the custom division's editorial; the National Association of Home Builders, where she led digital communications strategy; Hanley Wood Business Media (now Zonda) where she was editor and reporter for the swimming pool industry (yes, pools!); and WHDH-TV (Boston), where she was the field producer for politics. For the past six years, she managed Silver Media Group, a strategic communications consultancy that she co-founded and where she worked with several universities including University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, University of Richmond and Georgetown University. She also has a photography business on the side (Red Kite Studios) where, pre-pandemic, she photographed bar/ bat mitzvahs. She has a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Laura Cole Content Consulting
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