Julie Esparza Brown, EdD
Current Term: 7/2015 - 6/2019
Julie Esparza Brown, EdD, is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University (PSU), Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining the faculty at PSU, Dr. Brown worked in public schools as a bilingual special educator, bilingual teacher and school psychologist in Southern California and Washington. She has authored several publications on multi-tiered/response to intervention support systems and English Learners, bilingual assessment, culturally and linguistically appropriate positive behavior systems, and special education practices for English Learners. Dr. Brown was on the advisory board of the National Center for Response to Intervention; a five-year federally funded technical assistance center.
She also presents and consults nationally, sharing her vast and unique experiences in planning and implementing equitable practices for all learners. As a board member, she looks forward to sharing her practical, professional experiences and passion for equity to improve the educational outcomes of all children in Portland Public Schools.
She has raised three thriving adults. Her son, Nathan, lives in San Diego with his wife and is in management with Hyatt Corporation. Her daughter Liana is a nurse anesthetist at the University of Washington Medical Center and her husband is a special education teacher. Danae, the youngest, manages an immigration law office as a full time graduate student in counseling at PSU. Dr. Brown enjoys spending time with family and friends enjoying the music, theater, arts, restaurants and outdoor activities the Northwest offers. Most importantly, as a third generation Chicana, she believes in engaging with the community to create better opportunities for all, particularly individuals of color and with disabilities.