Liora Sponko serves as the Community Arts Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. She provides technical assistance to arts organizations and communities across Oregon to help them thrive through the arts. She also manages the grant programs for Arts Build Communities, Small Operating Support and Operating Support for Arts Services, Music and Dance.
Liora has been an arts administrator and grassroots community-builder for more than two decades. She previously served as the Executive Director for Lane Arts Council for nine years, where she tripled the organizational budget, developed inclusive programming and increased partnerships with the public and private sectors.
Liora also served as a programs coordinator for the University of Oregon and did development work for nonprofits including Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall, Centro Latino Americano and Womenspace. She is fluent in Spanish and has a master’s in International Peace and Development from Universitat Jaume I (Castellón, Spain) and a bachelor’s in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has received multiple certifications and awards, including recognition as a rising business star in Lane County.