✿  ADAM JACOB SEGAL


Hello! 





I’m a facilitator, consultant, butcher and chef based in Portland, Oregon. I’m the founder and facilitator of New Masculinities Group, a community of men and folks of all genders committed to critical conversations around gender, sexuality, and masculinity through an intersectional feminist lens. I’m also a consultant focusing on male accountability work, currently working independently and in collaboration with Catalysis LLC. I facilitate small white accountability- and antiracism-focused pods on behalf of the Portland chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. I also work as a culinary professional, currently as a butcher for Revel Meat Co based out of Canby, OR.

As a Jew raised in a feminist and social-justice oriented community, my cultural history is intimately tied with the pursuit of justice as well as millennia of oppression and persecution, but as an able-bodied white cisgender American man, I’ve lived a life of immense privilege. Further, an academic background in literature and creative writing instilled in me a sense that people’s actions are heavily influenced by the circumstances of their lives, and gave me the skills to convey difficult concepts in accessible ways. I am committed to engaging with other folks of privilege, based in the feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, abolitionist teachings of activists, writers, and organizers like adrienne maree brown, bell hooks, Mariame Kaba, Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, the Combahee River Collective, and Rebecca Solnit.

If you are interested in changing a workplace culture, working toward taking accountability and growing out of oppressive conditioning, healing from surviving or perpetrating past harms, or just figuring out what to cook for your loved ones, please take the time to connect! This site contains details about upcoming New Masculinities Group meetings, information about current and potential consulting work, and numerous resources for growing out of white supremacist patriarchy!







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Consultation and facilitation 

✿ Subcontracting with Catalysis LLC
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Offering a variety of skills and services including one-on-one male accountability work, stakeholder interviews, and strategic planning both individually and alongside Catalysis team. Clients currently include East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and Adaptive Sports Northwest. Ongoing since July 2021


✿ Male Accountability Consulting at the Portland office of Wieden + Kennedy
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Working alongside Human Resources team to hold difficult critical conversations about gender imbalances in the office, and working to build practical solutions. Work includes folks of all genders but aims to center men as holding primary responsibility for change. Ongoing since January 2021


✿ Pod Facilitator at the Portland, OR chapter of SURJ
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Leading small groups of 4-7 people in 10-week courses of anti-racist work, built around the policy platform of the Movement for Black Lives. The pods are intended to educate on white supremacy and systemic racism, offer a space for white people to do difficult growth work in community with each other, and move privileged folks from education to action for racial justice. I have facilitated and co-facilitated over 8 pods. Ongoing since July 2020


✿ Founder and Facilitator at New Masculinities Group
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Organizing and facilitating small bimonthly groups to engage men and folks of all genders in critical yet vulnerable conversations about gender, sexuality, and masculinity, with an intersectional feminist lens. Ongoing since January 2016


Education:

University of Iowa–Iowa City, IA
B.A. in English, Creative Writing Focus
2007-2011


Culinary Work

Butcher and Meat Producer at Revel Meat Co
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Processed raw and smoked meats at the Canby slaughterhouse, working with product from small and local farmers at a USDA, Animal Welfare Approved, GAP4 Certified facility. Currently working the retail counter in sales and production at the Providore location in Portland. Ongoing since July 2021


✿ Chef de Partie at Proud Mary USA
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Prepped, cooked, and ran the line at this Australian-style cafe and brunch restaurant. 2018-2020


✿ Butcher Shop Manager at Old Salt Marketplace
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Ran the meat counter at this farm-to-table restaurant and butcher shop sourcing whole animal beef, pork, and lamb, from just two farms. 2013-2018


Writing and Publishing Work 

✿ Development Coordinator at Untitled Studio
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Worked with a small team of architects, planners, and designers to win the 2016 LoopPDX Design Competition to generate ideas and excitement for the establishment of a bike and pedestrian Green Loop  in central Portland. After winning the competition, we used a grant to build a massive exhibition presenting our concept to the public as part of the 2017 Design Portland festival. As Development Coordinator I was in charge of the project’s language and narrative strategies, produced a documentary containing interviews with numerous city planners and elected officials, and wrote a series of articles about our work. 2016-2017


Selected Works:

LoopPDX: Phase One, an early explanation of our winning design concept

The Portland Green Loop, a collection of boards which were the centerpieces of the 2017 exhibition

LoopPDX: After the Exhibition, a report on the evolution of the concept leading up to the 2017 exhibition, and the future of the project moving forward


Editorial Intern and Freelance Editor at Tin House
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Read and assessed incoming manuscripts and edited, fact-checked, and formatted accepted pieces. As freelance editor, fact-checked the manuscript of The Coyote’s Bicycle by Kimball Taylor. 2014-2015


Contributing Writer at Numero Cinq
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Contributed reviews and interviews for this international online literary magazine. 2013-2014

We Do Not Know Alone: Interview with Eula Biss

Empires Drenched in Concupiscent Sweat: A Review of Mircea Cărtărescu’s Blinding

You And I, Alone in the Garden: A Review of Kjell Askildsen’s Selected Stories

Discontent in the Abode of the Dead: Review of Marek Hłasko’s The Graveyard

Strange Currency, Faulty Love: A Review of Irmgard Keun’s Gilgi


✿ Editorial Intern at Graywolf Press
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Read and assessed novels, memoirs, and story collections, providing reports on each for Graywolf editors. Also copy-edited, managed submissions, assisted in review copy mailings, and took on various projects like author interviews. 2013

Interview with A. Igoni Barrett