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Strategic Plan Steering Committee

Role of the Steering Committee Members

The members of the Steering Committee represent the various partners and communities in the Portland Public Schools. They will play an integral role in providing input and feedback in developing and refining the strategic plan.

Steering Committee Member Selection Process

Interested individuals were able to apply on the website. There was a limited but diverse pool of interested individuals.

Final members were identified to ensure a representative Steering Committee with a range of backgrounds to support the strategic planning process. The names of Steering Committee members were announced at the Board of Public Education’s Oct. 17, 2023 meeting.


Sarah Lentz, PPS Board Chair

Micky Bondo, PPS Board Vice Chair

Gloria Aponte, Parent of PPS graduates and Senior Community Partner at the Maine Community Foundation

Ahmed Abdirahman, Parent and Co-Founder of Maine Muslim Community Center

Marpheen Chann, Founder Khmer Maine

Matt Dubel, Executive Director of Portland ConnectEd

Jo Ellis, Casco Bay High School Student and Student Board Representative

Joseph Inabanza, PPS Alumnus and former Student Board Representative

Jake Giessman, Deering High School Principal

Claudia Mejia, Lyseth Elementary School Teacher

Jake Boley, Parent and Deering High School Educational Technician

Julia Hazel, PPS Director of BIPOC Career Pathways & Leadership Development