Secret Knowledge?

We're Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge was founded in 2013 by creative empowerment luminary Noah Kleiman to help creative people in Portland grow their working livelihoods amid rapid city growth and looming gentrification.

Our Mission

We help creative people redefine success; connect with and support one another; develop necessary entrepreneurial skills; find and access resources; and we provide the direct support creative people need most as they strive to grow their creative careers.

Our Programs

Our major programs include The Secret Knowledge Conference, The Whisper PosseSecret Knowledge Exchange Happy Hour, and One-on-one Insight Sessions.


Secret Knowledge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible, by law.

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Our Team

Board of Directors

Noah Kleiman - Founding Director & President

Travis McGee - Board Secretary

Annie Rose Shapero - Treasurer

Ethan Parker Wright - Director

Paul Van Orden - Director

Resource Council

Melanie Boekee

Anna Fritz

Sarah Crampton Gitchell

R.Michael Menzies Jr.

Gina Morris

Nick Pasquale

Kalie Stanton

Press Clippings

Articles about the 2015 Secret Knowledge Conference

As our town grows into the 21st century, artists and creative types will need to grow with it. For those still struggling to get by in the city, a bit of Secret Knowledge may just be what they need.

The Oregonian 11/11/15- "How can artists survive in Portland ? One man offers some 'secret knowledge'"

Noah Kleiman can see the future for artists in Portland.

Portland Tribune 11/5/15- "Making creativity pay."

For a city filled with creative hopefuls, the Secret Knowledge Conference promises a goldmine of much-needed training how-tos, from pricing your paintings to licensing your music.

Portland Monthly Magazine 11/12/15- "Top things to do this weekend, Nov. 12 - 15"

The first-ever Secret Knowledge Conference will fill the Jupiter Hotel with tips from creative types.

Willamette Week 11/13/15 - The Secret to Not Starving as an Artist