Amy Kohnstamm is serving as Board Chair during the 2019-20 school year. She is a 5th generation Oregonian and is proud to have received her K-12 education in Portland Public Schools.
Amy has been a volunteer, activist and vocal advocate for public education. Amy served 12 years on the Ainsworth and Lincoln School Foundations, and on the board of the Portland Schools Foundation / All Hands Raised, serving as board co-chair and chair of the Equity Grants committee. Amy has advocated for increased education funding at the legislature and in support of local bonds and levies, served on the Superintendent's Bond Advisory Committee, as finance chair of the successful 2012 PPS bond campaign and this year led the campaign, with former Director Koehler, for the 2017 PPS bond, the largest school bond in Oregon history.
Amy currently serves on the boards of Mercy Corps NW, and Literary Arts and its Writers in the Schools committee. She also served for six years on the board, and as chair, of Open Meadow, helping initiate its innovative new Open School in East Portland for kids identified as highest risk for dropping out, at-risk students. Previously, she worked in community relations for Mercy Corps, for Tri-Met in it's Capital Projects Division, and as a professional journalist. She and her husband Kevin have three sons, a junior at UCLA and two Lincoln high school students. Amy's hobbies include trail running, skiing, cooking and watching youth sports.
Amy holds a bachelor's degree from Macalester College.