Viewpoint: A new chapter in All Hands Raised collaborative approach to education advocacy (Portland Business Journal, July 2019)

Posted on July 3, 2019 in Media Coverage
By John Tapogna, ECONorthwest President and All Hands Raised Council Co-Chair Read the story below and here. Education reforms typically revolve around calls for sweeping overhauls. Budgets need to be much bigger, and class sizes smaller. Curricula need to be rewritten, assessments revamped, and schools turned around. The policy landscape shifts constantly, and educators meet weekly just to keep up …

June 25th Happy Hour Photo Album is Live!

Posted on July 2, 2019 in CEO Updates
Thanks to all of our partners and friends who came out on June 25th to celebrate the All Hands Raised Partnership and our shared progress outlined in Chapter 04, recommit to the work still needing to be done for our kids and families, and to send Dan Ryan off on his next journey. You can view photos from the night here:

PPS Foundation Handed off to The Fund for PPS

Posted on July 1, 2019 in Uncategorized
On July 1, 2019 the activities associated with PPS Foundation program officially transferred to All information, forms and historical documentation will be housed with The Fund for PPS. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Robyn Faraone, PPS School Partnerships Manager at

A Final Message from All Hands Raised CEO Dan Ryan

Posted on June 28, 2019 in CEO Updates
Today marks the end of an 11 year journey with the All Hands RaisedPartnership, and the start of a new one, for CEO Dan Ryan. We hope you will read his closing thoughts on the hard work this community has done, and the work yet to be done, on behalf of our kids and families.   …

Exit Interview: Dan Ryan reflects on 11 years leading All Hands Raised (Portland Business Journal, June 2019)

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Media Coverage
By Andy Giegerich Read the story below and here. The announcement that Dan Ryan is leaving his longtime role as CEO of the education nonprofit All Hands Raised offered no details as to the influential leader’s next steps. Which, given Ryan’s reasons for leaving, makes sense. “I believe when you’re a good fit for a role, you should do it for at least seven to 11 years,” …

My View: Some Good News on Graduation Rates (Portland Tribune, June 2019)

Posted on June 20, 2019 in Media Coverage
By Connie Ballmer and Jennifer Blatz Read the story below and here. We believe that through efforts like the All Hands Raised Partnership, communities can change not only local headlines, but more importantly, change lives. Last month’s Portland-area headlines about no improvement in Oregon’s high school graduation rates were not what anyone wanted to read. Despite these persistent headlines …

Portland schools advocates get a new homegrown leader (Portland Business Journal, June 2019)

Posted on June 4, 2019 in Media Coverage
By Andy Giegerich Read the story below and here. Lavert Robertson takes over for Dan Ryan at the helm of All Hands Raised. The group that advocates for Portland-area students has a new leader. Lavert Robertson will become the new CEO of All Hands Raised on July 1. The group’s board of directors made the announcement Tuesday. Robertson …

All Hands Raised Board of Directors Names Lavert Robertson Chief Executive Officer

Posted on June 4, 2019 in Press Releases
Portland, OR (June 4, 2019) – Today the All Hands Raised Board of Directors elected Lavert Robertson as the new Chief Executive Officer of All Hands Raised, effective July 1, 2019. Robertson has two decades of experience in education, both inside and outside of the classroom, and currently serves as principal of Portland Public Schools’ George Middle School, managing a budget of $3 million and a staff of more than 50 …

KBOO Interview Highlights the “Other 4 Year Degree”

Posted on May 29, 2019 in Uncategorized
On May 29th KBOO Community Radio aired an interview with All Hands Raised Vice President Nate Waas Shull, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters’ Michael Burch and Portland Community College’s Salvador Castaneda. The show focused on the “Other 4 Year Degree” and the importance of exposing our youth to the trades. Click here to visit KBOO and stream the interview

Work to Improve Post-Secondary Access Shines at PPS School Board Meeting

Posted on May 29, 2019 in Uncategorized
On May 28, All Hands Raised CEO Dan Ryan and Vice President Nate Waas Shull were proud to share impacts of the All Hands Raised Partnership with the PPS School Board. Franklin High School Principal Chris Frasier, District Career Coordinator, Raquel Liaz, and Portland Community College SE Campus Dean of Instruction Jen Piper presented innovative work to improve postsecondary access …