Clackamas Education Service District Superintendent Jada Rupley is enthusiastic about three strategic hires to the management team at CESD.
Rupley has appointed Jeff Fish as human resources director, Ewan Brawley as director of teaching and learning, and Kelsey Cardwell as strategic communications officer. The CESD Board of Directors has placed an emphasis on strengthening partnerships with school districts to address the educational needs of students throughout Clackamas County.
"The energy and innovative thinking these new team members are bringing to the organization will enhance the great efforts already underway," Rupley said. "They will be joining our vision for exciting new initiatives in support of our districts and partners."
Fish formerly was senior legal counsel for Portland Public Schools and human resources director for the Portland Development Commission. "Fish brings a unique combination of skills and experience to our team at a time that CESD is partnering with school districts to attract and retain the very best educators for Clackamas County," Rupley said.
Fish led collective bargaining, succession planning, and equity initiatives at PDC. He has worked in community service throughout his career, beginning as a public defender representing indigent criminal defendants in trials in Multnomah County courts. He has also represented low-income Oregonians in civil matters at Legal Aid Services of Oregon, working with statewide advocacy teams in areas such as family and elder law. Fish will combine his labor and employment law skills with his human resources background in the position of human resources director for CESD.
Brawley comes to CESD from Portland Public Schools, where he most recently held the position of senior director for curriculum, instruction and assessment. At CESD, he will work closely with his district counterparts and with CESD's chief information officer to develop innovative programs that integrate technology and learning.
Brawley brings extensive administrative and teaching experience to the position. A known and respected leader in education in the region, he is deeply involved in Oregon's work in assessment, equity and school improvement. His expertise in reading, language arts and mathematics instruction will be an asset to school districts as they develop assessment plans, screening and progress monitoring.
In his previous work in Arizona, Brawley chaired the Arizona Assessment Collaborative where a collection of districts worked together to provide leadership in a diverse community. A certified bilingual teacher familiar with challenges facing second-language learners, he has been effective in developing intervention and enrichment programs that produce results that benefit students.
"Ewan's strong knowledge base is complemented by his tireless work and team approach," Rupley said in her announcement of the appointment. "We look forward to seeing a stronger blending of technology and instruction and an emphasis on data and assessment for curriculum development as he joins our CESD leadership team."
Cardwell's role was created to work internally and externally in strategic initiatives and collaboration to provide equitable educational opportunities for all students. Cardwell joins CESD from Stand for Children, where she was marketing and communications director in charge of brand management and mission-aligned messaging for the State of Oregon.
"Kelsey brings a wealth of experience in communications strategy that has resulted in successful ballot measure campaigns and fundraising efforts," Rupley said "At CESD, Kelsey will draw on that experience to provide legislative advocacy for education at regional and state levels."
Cardwell will focus on connecting first-hand with the education community throughout Clackamas County, using the knowledge gained to tell the story of the challenges districts face as well as the successes they celebrate. She plans to accelerate use of technology and social media to create positive relationships and effective communications in support of quality education.