Strategic Leadership Groups

Each of our work areas has a Strategic Leadership Group that provides the advocacy and alignment necessary for the work at our partner school community sites to take place effectively and efficiently.


Racial Educational Equity Strategic Leadership Group

Yousef Awwad, Interim Superintendent, Portland Public Schools

Sam Breyer, Superintendent, Multnomah Education Service District

Paul Coakley, Superintendent, Centennial School District

Linda Florence, Superintendent, Reynolds School District

Karen Gray, Superintendent, Parkrose School District

Tony Hopson Sr., President and CEO, Self Enhancement, Inc.

Kali Ladd, Executive Director, KairosPDX

Dani Ledezma, Interim Executive Director, Coalition of Communities of Color

Paul Lumley, Executive Director, Native American Youth and Family Center

Lee Po Cha, Executive Director, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Ken Richardson, Superintendent, David Douglas School District

Carmen Rubio, Executive Director, Latino Network

Jim Schlachter, Superintendent, Gresham-Barlow School District


Kindergarten Transition Strategic Leadership Group

This group is under development in consultation with:

Multnomah County school district superintendents

Swati Adarkar, President and CEO, Children’s Institute

Pam Greenough, Executive Director, Mt. Hood Community College Head Start

Ron Herndon, Executive Director, Albina Head Start

Molly Day and Frances Sallah, Co-Directors, Early Learning Multnomah, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette


K-12 Attendance Strategic Leadership Group

This group is currently under development in consultation with our K-12 and community partners.


Post-Secondary Access Strategic Leadership Group

This group is currently under development in consultation with our K-12, post-secondary, and community partners.


Pathways to Construction & Manufacturing Strategic Leadership Group

Jesse Aronson, Senior Project Manager, Worksystems, Inc.

Connie Ashbrook, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen

Aaron Bouchane, CORE Program Manager, Impact NW

Salvador Castañeda, Outreach Coordinator, Portland Community College

Emi Donis, General Counsel, Senior Aerospace SSP

Jenn Edgar, High School Services Coordinator, Mt. Hood Community College

Carol Egan, Director, Center for Advanced Learning

Stacy James, IAM/Boeing Joint Programs, The Boeing Company

Kevin Jeans-Gail, Executive Director, Portland Workforce Alliance

Miguel Montaño, Training Coordinator, Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute

Zach Ramberg, Assistant Principal, Centennial High School

Aaron Sorenson, Business and Industry Workforce Training Coordinator, Mt. Hood Community College

Linda Vancil, Assistant Principal, David Douglas High School

Jill Walters, Executive Director, Portland Youth Builders

Jeanne Yerkovich, Director, Career and Technical Education, Portland Public Schools