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PPS Has a New CIO: Gavin Goodall

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PPS Has a New CIO: Gavin Goodall
Posted on 02/09/2021
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The Portland Public Schools welcomes Gavin Goodall as the district’s new Executive Director of Data and Technology/Chief Information Officer (CIO). His varied background includes extensive experience in assessment and data.

Goodall comes to PPS from the Denver Public Schools, where he has held a variety of roles that include senior manager of school redesign, program manager of strategic investments and analytics and time as a math teacher. His background also includes experience as the director of data and assessment for Rocky Mountain Prep, a network of Denver public charter schools; and as a research assistant and instructor at the Colorado School of Mines.

Goodall holds a doctorate in operations research with engineering from the Colorado School of Mines; a master’s degree in educational leadership from The Broad Center; a bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Florida; and an associate’s degree in general studies from Broward Community College in Davie, Fla.

Goodall officially start in his new position on Feb. 9. He replaces Interim CIO Kerry Gallivan, who stepped into the role on a temporary basis last fall. Gallivan will assist Goodall in the transition.

 Superintendent Xavier Botana thanked Gallivan for his service, particularly for his work to ensure that students and staff have the technology they need for remote learning.

Botana said he is excited to have Goodall join the district. “Gavin has a great set of skills,” Botana said. “His experience working in an urban school setting and helping to use data to understand and solve challenges is an invaluable asset to us at this time.”

Originally from Jamaica, Goodall has roots in Maine. His wife was raised in the Portland area and their family was intent on moving to Maine to raise their children.