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Current PPS Board, clockwise from far left: Mike Rosen, Tom Koehler (Chair), Amy Kohnstamm (Vice Chair), Steve Buel, Julie Esparza Brown, Pam Knowles and Paul Anthony. Koehler, Buel and Knowles will not be running for re-election. (Photo courtesy of PPS)
The Skanner News
Published: 23 March 2017

On May 16, three out of seven seats on the Portland Public School board will be up for grabs. The confirmed candidates are as follows:


Zone 4 Candidates, to replace Steve Buel

Rita Moore: Portland Public Schools activist, advocate and parent; former university professor; policy analyst in the Office of Health Analytics of the Oregon Health Authority.

Jamila Singleton Munson: Former teacher and principal for KIPP; current Senior Managing Director at Teach for America; co-founder of Community for Equity PDX.


Zone 5 Candidates, to replace Pam Knowles

Scott Bailey: School activist and volunteer; co-founder of Community & Parents for Public Schools; economics teacher at Clark College.

Virginia La Forte: Served as a school representative and member of the Portland Public Schools Talented and Gifted Advisory Council; current member of the Portland Public Schools Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Traci Flitcraft: Marketing consultant at Salesforce marketing cloud.


Zone 6 Candidates, to replace board chairman Tom Koehler

Trisha Parks: Middle school teacher in Beaverton; former Beaverton teachers’ union leader; Portland Public Schools parent; involved in Parent Teacher Association, community organizing and volunteering.

Julia Brim-Edwards: Former Portland Public Schools board member (2001 – 2005); Nike senior director of global operations and public affairs; co-founder of a parent group.

Zach Babb: Principle mobile engineer at moovel North America, a transit technology company.

Ed Bos: Executive at Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America; staff sergeant in the Oregon National Guard.

Joseph L. Simonis (Josie, they/them): Data scientist and instructor; board member of Cornell Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association; chair of Rose City Rollers Training Committee. 


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