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JONATHAN GARCÍA

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JONATHAN GARCÍA

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Chief Engagement Officer

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Portland Public Schools

BIOGRAPHY

onathan joined Portland Public Schools (PPS) in October 2017, and in February 2019 was elevated to the role of 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 Los Angeles and San Francisco, California 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 while serving as the District’s interim chief development officer.

A son of undocumented immigrants, Jonathan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy, and a master’s degree in management, from Azusa Pacific University. He has earned multiple professional accolades, including being named to the 2018 Forbes' “30 Under 30 in Education” list. Jonathan lends his thought leadership to the board of directors of two national nonprofits: Futuro Media Group and Arte Público Press. At the local-level, Jonathan serves on the board of directors of the Portland Trail Blazers Foundation, is the co-chair for the 3toPhD collaborative, and serves on the Latino Partnership Program Advisory Council for the Oregon Community Foundation. He is also a “big brother” to a PPS sixth grader through Big Brother Big Sisters of the Columbia Northwest.