Jonathan Garcia

Chief Engagement Officer
Portland Public Schools

Jonathan serves as the Chief Engagement Officer for Portland Public Schools (PPS), the largest K-12 school system in Oregon. In his role, he 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 also serves as President of The Fund for Portland Public Schools, the school district’s nonprofit fundraising arm. He’s led similar initiatives in Los Angeles and San Francisco, creating strong movements in support of youth and public education.

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 the 2018 Forbes' “30 Under 30 in Education” list. Jonathan lends his thought leadership to the Board of Directors of two nationally-based 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 3 to PhD Collaborative at PPS’ Faubion K-8 School, Executive Committee-member of the Portland Teachers Program and serves on the Latino Partnership Program Statewide Advisory Council for the Oregon Community Foundation. He is a “big brother” to a PPS 6th grader through Big Brother Big Sisters and coaches the PPS Alliance High School Volleyball team.

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