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Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors have a deep, personal commitment to Portland and Portland Public Schools. They lead The Fund for PPS through their expertise, their knowledge of our community, and their passionate belief in the power of philanthropic investments in our public schools.

Meet the inaugural Board of Directors of The Fund for Portland Public Schools. Over the next six months, the Board of Directors will identify, recruit and welcome additional Directors to the Board of Directors of The Fund for PPS.

 

Jonathan García
President, The Fund for Portland Public Schools
Chief engagement Officer, Portland Public Schools

Jonathan joined PPS in October 2017, and in February 2019 was elevated to Chief Engagement Officer. In his role, Jonathan leverages the power of student, family and community voice with the generosity of business and philanthropy to strengthen PPS’s mission of providing a rich and dynamic learning experience for every student. He’s led similar initiatives in diverse urban communities, creating strong movements in support of young people and public education. This includes co-founding Spark SF Public Schools, San Francisco Public School’s fundraising arm.

A son of undocumented immigrants, Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Management, from Azusa Pacific University. He has earned multiple professional accolades, including being named to Forbes' “30 Under 30 in Education” list. Jonathan lends his leadership to the Board of Directors of Futuro Media Group and the Portland Trail Blazers Foundation, and serves as the Development Chair for Arte Publico Press. 

 

Chris Minnich
Chief Executive Officer, NWEA

Chris Minnich is the Chief Executive Officer of NWEA. Before joining NWEA in January 2018, Chris held several key leadership roles in the education industry. Most recently, Chris successfully served as the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). He became executive director in 2012 and led the organization in a direction to ensure all students in the public education system – regardless of background – graduated prepared for college, careers, and life. From 2005-2008, Chris held multiple positions at Harcourt, all of which focused on the advancement and improvement of assessments. Before joining Harcourt, he served as the Director of Test Design and Implementation at the Oregon Department of Education from 2003-2005. While there, he effectively led the statewide implementation of Oregon’s online assessment. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle, as well as a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and his young children.

 

Rebecca Koteen
Director of Strategic Accounts, 3Form

Rebecca Koteen is the Director of Strategic Accounts of 3Form, the leading manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable building materials and architectural hardware solutions for the Architecture + Design industry. With over 17 years of experience in business development, marketing, strategic selling and client relationship management, Rebecca is skilled at building and preserving relationship with key decision makers in the construction industry. She is a graduate of California State University at Chico, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Public Relations. Rebecca is a mom of two beautiful children who attend Portland Public Schools’ Duniway Elementary School, where she serves on the Board of the school’s PTA and helps galvanize parents and the broader Duniway community to invests into their school foundation.

 

Victoria Lara
Founder and CEO, Lara Media Services, LLC

Victoria Lara has been a tireless community leader and civil rights advocate for more than a decade. She is the founder and CEO of Lara Media Services, LLC. The growth of the Latino community and the potential for culturally sensitive engagement prompted her decision to open her own agency. Lara Media is the only Latina woman-owned marketing agency in the Pacific Northwest.

Her endless commitment and advocacy for the community has earned her recognition as an American Dreamer recipient in December 2013 and Small Business Champion in May 2014.

Victoria has been an active member of the community. She currently serves as the President of Causa Oregon, treasurer of Oregon Latino Health Coalition, board member of Hacienda CDC, and All Hands Raised, committee advisor for James Beard Public Market, and committee member of Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity. Aside from being involved in the community, Victoria is a strong supporter of civil right organizations like PCUN and Latino Network. She is currently participating in Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, 2015 Power of the Purse, an annual benefit event that promotes the wellbeing of girls.

Victoria believes that in order to navigate the complexities of today’s media landscape, media professionals should have a comprehensive understanding of not the only the Latino market, but all minority communities and only a person who lives the same challenges everyday can understand and reach them in the right way.

 

Claire Hertz
Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations, Portland Public Schools

Claire came to PPS from the Beaverton School District, where she served in a number of roles, most recently Chief Financial Officer. She has built a legacy of success in managing finances and leading operations for school districts, including spearheading school bond efforts. She has worked previously for school districts in Newberg, Parkrose and Roseburg.

Claire oversees key departments in PPS: business and operations; finance and accounting; school modernization; facilities management; and technology. Claire serves as Vice President of the Association of School Business Officials International Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from UCLA and a Master of Education from Wilkes University.