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Board Chooses New Chair in Straw Poll

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Board Chooses New Chair in Straw Poll
Posted on 11/17/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Board Chooses New Chair in Straw PollOn Nov. 17, the Portland Board of Public Education held a caucus to select a new chair for the coming year. In a nonbinding straw vote, Board members unanimously chose District 2 member Emily Figdor to be chair. A formal vote to chose a chair will take place on Monday, Dec. 7, when the Board will hold an inauguration ceremony for its new members.

Figdor was elected to the Board in 2018. She has worked for about two decades in the public policy field. Prior to being elected, she was deeply involved in education issues as a parent, and she co-founded and directed Protect Our Neighborhood Schools and co-chaired Reiche Community School's PTO. She led the winning campaign to pass a $64 million bond in 2017 to renovate four Portland elementary schools. 

Figdor is the mother of two children in the Portland Public Schools. She attended public schools for K-12 and received a BA from Stanford University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

Watch a video of the Nov. 17 caucus.

The Board also recognized three members that are stepping down this year: District 5 member Marnie Morrione; at large member Mark Balfantz; and Tim Atkinson, District 4 member. View the recognition ceremony HERE.