• Superintendent's Leadership Team


Shawn Bird
Dr. Shawn Bird  
Deputy Superintendent,  
Instruction & School Communities  
503-916-3101

Dr. Bird has more than 20 years of educational experience, including district leadership positions for large, urban school districts in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Pasadena. He started his career as a secondary English teacher and has served as a principal at the middle and high school levels.

He joined PPS as Chief of Schools in January 2020, and became Deputy Superintendent in July 2021. In that role,  he oversees curriculum and instruction, student support services, and school performance. Dr. Bird earned three degrees from the University of Houston: a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish, a Master of Education in Secondary Education, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

Jonathan Garcia
Jonathan Garcia  
Chief of Staff  
503-916-3270


Jonathan serves as the Chief of Staff for Portland Public Schools, the largest K-12 school system in Oregon. An extension of the Superintendent, Jonathan manages the operations of the office, including serving as the executive liaison to the Board of Education and overseeing the District’s Communications, Government Affairs, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement teams. He serves as President of The Fund for PPS, an independent nonprofit organization. A native Californian, Jonathan built his career in the social and public sector, working at the intersection of strategy, innovation and strategic partnerships, aimed at building systems that empower people, contribute towards racial justice, and builds self-sufficient communities.

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 and selected as a 2020 NextGen Pahara Institute Fellow. Jonathan sits on the Board of Directors for the Portland Trail Blazers Foundation, Futuro Media Group and Arte Publico Press.


Brenda Martinek
Brenda Martinek  
Chief of Student Support Services  
503-916-3360

 

Brenda came to PPS from Vancouver Public Schools, where she was the executive director of special services. Brenda previously served at Reynolds School District as director of student services, as principal of Holy Trinity K-8 Catholic School, and served Portland Public Schools as a program administrator in special education.

Brenda leads the Office of Student Support Services, whose core purpose centers on supporting students and school communities with essential wraparound services, supports and resources. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah, and a Master of Education from Portland State University. 


Dr. Esther Omogbehin
Dr. Esther Omogbehin  
Regional Superintendent  
Cleveland-Wilson-Franklin-Grant Cohort  
503-916-2000

Dr. Omogbehin joined PPS in September 2019. As Regional Superintendent, she leads the Cleveland-Wilson-Franklin-Grant K-8 cohort, which is made up of 40 K-5, K-8 and middle schools.

Dr. Omogbehin came to PPS from the Roosevelt School District in Phoenix, Ariz., where she served as Chief Academic Officer. She has worked in the Houston Independent School District and served more than 20 years in the San Diego Unified School District, where she held roles as a teacher, staff developer, literacy administrator, vice principal and principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.


Dr. Renard Adams
Dr. Renard Adams  
Chief of Research,  
Assessment and Accountability  
503-916-2000

Dr. Adams, who joined Portland Public Schools in 2021, leads the Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability, which implements assessments to inform instruction, ongoing research and evaluation studies, and preparation of data analysis to drive our continuous improvement activities as a school district.

He comes to PPS from Baltimore County Public Schools, where he served in a variety of leadership roles since 2007, including Senior Executive Director of Curriculum Operations, and Executive Director of Performance Management and Assessment. Born and raised in Baltimore, he gravitated toward art, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art, with a concentration in drawing and illustration, from Morehouse College.

Margaret Calvert
Margaret Calvert  
Regional Superintendent  
High Schools, Multiple Pathways  
503-916-6542

As Regional Superintendent, Margaret oversees and supports PPS's nine comprehensive high schools and the alternative schools and programs in the Multiple Pathways to Graduation department. She moved into the position in February, 2021, after serving as principal at Jefferson High School-Middle College starting in 2011. During this time, she was named Oregon’s High School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators in 2016 and also won an Excellence in Education Award from the Oregon Education Association.

Margaret started her career as a teacher in the North Clackamas School District in 1996 before joining PPS in 1997 and working as a Social Studies and Math teacher at Wilson and Grant High Schools. She moved into administration as a vice principal at Jefferson in 2008. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College.

Liz Large
Liz Large  
Contracted General Counsel  
503-916-3192

 

Liz came to PPS from Kindercare Education, where she was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.  Throughout her legal career, she has provided strategic guidance and response to complex emerging business, legal and education policy issues. Liz is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington and California. 

Liz provides legal advice that promotes district goals, accelerates equity, preserves relationships and allows staff and students to focus on teaching and learning. Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University.


Rosanne Powell
Rosanne Powell  
Senior Manager, Board of Education  
503-916-3904

Rosanne serves as PPS Board of Education manager.  She supports the board, serves as liaison with PPS executives, directors, staff and employees, helping to fulfill the commitment of serving all students to the highest standards. Prior to this role, Rosanne worked in the Human Resources team as a Recruitment Specialist, in school communities supporting principals and in the Dual Language Immersion programs, supporting growth of the programs across the district.  

Rosanne attended UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Psychology.  She is the proud parent of two PPS students.

Claire Hertz
Claire Hertz  
Deputy Superintendent,  
Business & Operations  
503-916-3380


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. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from UCLA and a Master of Education from Wilkes University.


Sharon Reese
Sharon Reese  
Chief Human Resources Officer  
503-916-3428

 

Sharon has more than 19 years of experience as a human resources leader, consultant, and employment law attorney, including more than 11 years with Knowledge Universe. Sharon's strengths include partnering with executives and emerging leaders to identify organizational priorities, develop staff, and improve team functions. Sharon earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Scripps College, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Cheryl Proctor
Dr. Cheryl Proctor  
Chief Academic Officer  
503-916-2000


Dr. Proctor joined PPS as Chief of Schools in August 2021.She leads the Office of Teaching and Learning, which includes College and Career Readiness,
Humanities, STEAM, Early Learning and Athletics.

Dr. Proctor came to PPS from the School District of Philadelphia, the 18th largest public district in the country, where she has served as Assistant Superintendent. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication, with a minor in Advertising, from the New York Institute of Technology; a Master of Science in Special Education, with a minor in Reading, from Florida International University; and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, with a minor in Education Policy, from Florida Atlantic University.


Dan Jung
Dan Jung  
Chief Operating Officer  
503-916-3211


Dan has worked in PPS for nine years and was elevated to Chief Operating Officer in 2019. He oversees the Office of School Modernization, Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, Planning and Asset Management, Facilities Project Management and Student Transportation.

During his time in PPS, Dan oversaw the major modernization and safety work made possible by the passage of two bonds totaling $1.2 billion. Dan is a graduate of Portland State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.


Don Wolff
Don Wolff  
Chief Technology Officer  
503-916-3166


Don came to PPS from the Hillsboro School District, where he served as Chief Information Officer. He oversees all PPS technology functions, including application maintenance, our data centers, help desk and hardware support, voice and data communication, and computer systems operations.

Don earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teacher from Southern Oregon University, and a Master of Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.


Nolberto Delgadillo
Nolberto Delgadillo  
Chief Financial Officer  
503-916-2000

 

Nolberto joined Portland Public Schools in January 2021, taking on the role of the district's financial leader. He is responsible for ensuring that district funds are managed responsibly and reported accurately, for leading the full spectrum of financial services.

He came to Portland from Oklahoma, where he served as CFO of Tulsa Public Schools. Before that, he served as Chief Operations Officer in Los Angeles, at the LA Promise Fund and Green Dot Public Schools. He also spent over 12 years in the health care sector. He is a Southern California native with degrees from USC and Loyola Marymount, earning both an MBA and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. The son of immigrant parent, Nolberto’s career has included a great deal of work in support of Black and Brown students.


Dani Ledezma
Dani Ledezma  
Senior Advisor,  
Racial Equity & Social Justice  
503-916-3769


Dani comes to PPS from the Coalition of Communities of Color, where she had served as interim Executive Director. Before that, she served as a policy advisor to Govs. Kate Brown and John Kitzhaber and spent more than a decade in leadership roles with the City of Portland.

In her role, Dani will help guide the process of building a clear strategic direction for equity, diversity and inclusion at PPS. Dani holds a degree in Government and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of Unidos, a statewide Latino leadership program.