I was introduced to Trillium when my daughter enrolled in the 4th grade here in the fall of 2013. Having recently moved back to Portland after living in Reno, Nevada for eight years, we were excited to be part of the Trillium community. When the opportunity to become a Trillium board member arose, I felt it was a great way to get involved and support Trillium, as well as my daughter’s education. My background as an asset manager with a local developer allows me to share my experience and expertise in budget development and management, and project management with Trillium. Our family is always on the go. From skiing on Mt. Hood to our daughter’s dance performances to camping with good friends, weekends are always an adventure in our household.
Since 2010, Emily Evans (formerly Jensen) has served as the Lead Development Officer for the Forum for Youth Investment, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC. In that role, Emily worked with foundations, corporations, and individual donors to garner financial support for both the Forum and for Ready by 21 efforts in communities across the country. In 2014 Emily became the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation. In the past ten years, Emily has worked as a fund development consultant to a wide range of organizations, including the Impact Center, EPIC, and the Young Women’s Project, all in Washington, D.C.; the Children’s Institute in Rochester, N.Y., and the Office of Youth Programs at Southern Oregon University. A native Oregonian, Emily has her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. When she’s not raising money to help improve outcomes for young people, you can find Emily rowing on the Willamette River or pursuing an ill-advised home improvement project.
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Laura was born and raised in Portland, and has been working in education for over a decade in New York City, Boston, Denver, and here in Oregon. After teaching, she was one of six co-founders of Success Academy Charter Network in New York City. From 2006 to 2011 Laura filled a variety of roles, including Director of Instructional Development, shaping the organization as it grew from one school to a network of nine public charter schools in Harlem, the Bronx and Manhattan serving over 3,000 students. She entered Harvard’s Education Leadership program, earning a Doctorate in May 2014 while working within Denver Public Schools. In Laura’s more recent work as an independent consultant, she has focused on national and local projects aimed at expanding career and college pathways and imagining what’s possible in public education. Laura recently joined the Northwest Regional ESD to lead the postsecondary pathways work, with a focus on launching the NW Promise, the Regional Achievement Collaborative, and growing the NW region’s professional learning opportunities for educators across the region.
When I’m not engaged in work on the Trillium board or at Trillium in some way, you can find me volunteering with my husband Reggie and our two boys Keegan and Gabe with local community service projects, biking, hiking, camping, writing, meditating, gardening, or just outside enjoying nature and all that this beautiful area has to offer.
I am so very grateful to be a part of the wonderful community here at Trillium and look forward to spreading my roots and continuing this journey with all of you!
Paul D. Koehler is a native Oregonian and comes to the Trillium board with a decade of experience working in education. Paul’s career started in Brooklyn, NY where he ran school operations and strategy for a K-8 inner city charter school: Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant, part of Uncommon Schools. After moving back to the Pacific Northwest two years ago, Paul joined Volunteers of America where he helped to transform the social services agency in it’s charting, reporting and quality assurance practices. This summer Paul joined Relay Graduate School of Education where he is designing and running programs across the country for undergraduates to gain crucial experience in the teaching profession before graduation.