Oregon Department of Education

State Board Members

George Russell George Russell
At Large
Terms: 7/1/16 - 6/30/20

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George Russell was the Superintendent of the Eugene Public Schools 4J in Eugene, Oregon from March 1998 to July 2011. Before becoming superintendent in 1998, he served as the executive director of human resources for the 4J school district. Mr. Russell previously worked with school districts in San Diego and Seattle as assistant superintendent and as human resources director for the Oklahoma City Public Schools. He also worked for Lane County government as director of human resource and management services, county treasurer, and county clerk from 1991 to 1995. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Social Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC; a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Golden Gate University in San Francisco; and additional graduate work in education policy and administration from the University of Oregon. Additionally, he completed the Superintendent Leadership Program (SLP) at Harvard University, a collaborative project between the Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Education and has served as a mentor superintendent for the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Urban Superintendents Program and on the advisory board. Mr. Russell previously served on the Oregon Quality Education Commission, and the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Board and continues to serve on a number of community boards, including United Way of Lane County, Eugene/Springfield NAACP, Blacks in Government (BIG), Lane Shelter Care, Relief Nursery, Looking Glass, Success by Six Leadership Team, Junior Achievement of Western Oregon and Chamber of Commerce, Lane Early Learning Alliance, and the Children’s Institute Board, among others. Mr. Russell is involved in many professional organizations and boards, including the National Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Superintendents Council of National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), Oregon School Boards Association, Mountain West Superintendents Roundtable, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA), and Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE, for which he served as president in 2006-07. He and several other superintendents from across the country helped create the National Superintendents Roundtable in 2005 and he is a senior adviser with the District Management Council in Boston, Massachusetts. He has received numerous community and professional awards, and was recognized as Oregon Superintendent of the Year for 2005.

Charles R. Martinez, Jr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr., Chair
4th Congressional District
Term: 11/22/13 - 6/30/17

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Charles Martinez currently serves as associate professor and department head in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon, where he also directs the Center for Equity Promotion.

Prior to his current role at the University of Oregon, Dr. Martinez served as the University of Oregon Vice President for Instructional Equity and Diversity from 2005 to 2011 and served as a senior scientist at the non-profit Oregon Social Learning Center where he founded and directed the center's Latino Research team. In addition, Dr. Martinez has served on the local Eugene School Board and has served on a number of other education and civic boards.

He received his BS degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California and earned a master's and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.

Jerome Colonna Jerome Colonna
2nd Congressional District
Term: 07/01/2014 - 06/30/2018
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Jerome Colonna recently retired from a long career in public education after serving as Superintendent of the Beaverton and Redmond School Districts and as Director of Secondary Education for the Eugene School District. Prior to working in administration he was a high and middle school science teacher in Alaska, California and Oregon.

Mr. Colonna was on the Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators, was President of Education Northwest (Ed.NW) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and Chair of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. He is a past recipient of Oregon’s Superintendent of the Year.

He lives in Bend with his wife, Linda, who is a retired science teacher. His daughter, Ann, works for Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center. Currently Mr. Colonna is a part-time education consultant for COSA, Ed.NW and school districts in Oregon.

Miranda Summer Miranda Summer
1st Congressional District
Term: 3/15/2013 - 3/14/2017

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Miranda Summer is an attorney at Summer Trainor LLP. She focuses her practice on represented individuals who have been injured through the negligence of others and parties in family law matters. Miranda previously served as an administrative law judge for the State of Oregon. She is an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Habitat for Humanity Pride Build Committee.

Miranda earned a bachelor's degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Anthony Veliz Anthony Veliz, Vice-Chair
5th Congressional District
Term: 3/15/2013 - 3/14/2017
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The son of farmworkers, Veliz has always understood the importance of an education. He carried his passion from the classroom to the community where he lives and works today. In the beginning Veliz served as a former school board and city councilor where he earned the trust of the community and worked with diversity, he then became the Director of Parent & Community Relations for the Woodburn School District.

Veliz has an array of work experiences in both the public and private sectors. His work as the former Community Relations Manager for the Beaverton based giant NIKE provided him both local and national perspectives. As the Director of College Access Programs while at Chemeketa Community College, Veliz was able to assist first generation, low-income and migrant students.

Today, Veliz is the founder of the annual Hispanic Heritage Month Breakfast and Networkin’it, a diversity and inclusion professional after-hour networking event. Anthony earned a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Portland State University in Portland, OR.

Kimberly Howard

Kimberly Howard
3rd Congressional District
Term: 7/1/16 - 6/30/20
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Kimberly Howard heads Education Initiatives as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team at Portland General Election and serves as Program Officer for the PGE Foundation. Prior to coming to PGE Kimberly was the Trust manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust for five years, managing director at Portland’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center before that and education/outreach director for Artists Repertory Theatre. She current serves on the boards of The Center for Performance and Civic Practice, Portland Playhouse and Oregon Humanities. She has previously served on the board of Business for Culture & the Arts and currently represents Oregon on the Western States Arts Federation's Regional Multi-cultural Advisory Committee. Other committee work includes the CTE-STEM Employer Coalition, Oregon Learns and the Ninth Grade Counts Taskforce for All Hands Raised. Howard is an accomplished actress, with credits in New York, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and several Portland theaters. She has been an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre for several years and received a Drammy Award (Portland’s version of the Tony Award) for her work in its production of Tartuffe: The Visitor. After attending Wellesley College, Howard received her BA from Pacific Union College, where she majored in business. She holds an MFA in acting from Columbia University and has taught theater at Walla Walla University.

Ex Officio Board Members
Ted Wheeler Ted Wheeler
State Treasurer (2010)
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Ted Wheeler was appointed as Oregon State Treasurer in March 2010 by Governor Kulongoski. Previously, Wheeler had served as the chair and chief executive officer of the Multnomah County Commission. He has also worked as the manager and director of Copper Mountain Trust Financial Services Company, owned a small business, and been a college instructor. Among his community activities are the Friends of Forest Park, Portland Mountain Rescue, and Goose Hollow Family Shelter.

Wheeler attended Portland’s Lincoln High School, earned a BA degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Jeanne P. Atkins Jeanne P. Atkins
Secretary of State (2015-Present)
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Jeanne P. Atkins is Oregon’s 25th Secretary of State. She was sworn in as Secretary of State on March 11, 2015. Gov. Kate Brown appointed her to fill the vacancy left when Brown became Oregon’s 38th governor.

A veteran state administrator, Congressional staffer and women’s rights advocate, Jeanne is a committed public servant who’s spent her entire career in public service and non-profit organizations. Secretary Atkins, 65, retired in January 2015 from the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., where she served as state director since 2009. Previously, she was chief of staff for the Oregon Speaker of the House of Representatives. Jeanne’s service to Oregonians also includes stints as top staffer for the Senate Democratic caucus; manager of the Women’s and Reproductive Health Section of the Department of Human Services’ Office of Family Health; and staff director in the Oregon Senate Majority Office. She ran for the Oregon House in 1992 and 1994.

During her nonprofit work, Jeanne focused on policy analysis and public affairs at organizations including the United Way of the Columbia/Willamette and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, where she did public affairs work, and, later oversaw seven clinics. Early in her career, Jeanne spent almost seven years in Washington, D.C., working in public policy. Throughout, her advocacy on behalf of women has been an unwavering theme.

At her swearing-in, Secretary Atkins emphasized her commitment to fulfilling the opportunity given her to protect and strengthen some of Oregonians’ deepest values: free and open elections, transparency in government, public access to Oregon history, and accountability by state agencies and offices.

State Board Advisors

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