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FPPS Has New Executive Director

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FPPS Has New Executive Director
Posted on 04/22/2020
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The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) this week announced the selection of Andrea “Andi” Weisman Summers as its new executive director.

Summers follows the Foundation’s previous long-term Executive Director, Kate Snyder, who left the organization in December to serve as mayor of Portland.

The Foundation selected Summers after an extensive regional search. The Foundation’s interim director, Brenda Peluso, coordinated the search with the Board of Directors.

Under Kate Snyder’s dedicated leadership, FPPS changed its name from the Portland Education Foundation to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools. The Foundation also expanded its staff; developed new relationships and strengthened existing relationships with partners and supporters, and consistently increased the community and philanthropic support provided to the Portland Public Schools.

The Foundation anticipates that Summers will leverage these achievements to continue to build community investment in Portland’s schools and support classroom innovation and equity at all levels. Since her appointment, the Foundation has launched new fundraising campaigns to assist the School District in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Books to Homes Fund and The Extended Learning Fund,  along with the continued expansion of the existing PPS Food Fund and the Families in Crisis Fund, are designed to align with the pillars of the Portland Promise, the district’s strategic plan —Achievement, Whole Student, Equity and People— and the goal of the healthy development and academic achievement of every learner.

Xavier Botana, Superintendent of the Portland Public Schools said, "The Foundation for Portland Public Schools has become over time the vehicle for philanthropy and business to support the Portland Promise. I am pleased to have Andi Weisman Summers, a veteran educator with a deep understanding of the work our district is doing, working side-by-side with my team to continue and further this work."

“I am thrilled, after an exhaustive search, that Andi Summers agreed to become our Executive Director,” said Joshua Rent, the President of the FPPS Board of Directors. “We are confident with her background in education that she was the best fit to move our mission of philanthropy forward. She is dedicated to improving opportunities for all our students and families.”

Summers comes to FPPS from the Great Schools Partnership where she was Co-Director of Coaching. Great Schools Partnership is a national nonprofit that supports public school improvement and innovation. Prior to that, she worked as a bilingual immigration advocate at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) for over six years. Her other career experience includes working as a teacher for ten years in Maine, Costa Rica and Peru. Summers has been a Portland resident for over 20 years. Her daughter, now a junior in high school, has attended Portland Public schools since kindergarten.

“As an educator, parent, and Portland resident, I couldn’t be more thrilled to dedicate myself to increasing innovation and equity in the Portland Public Schools,” said Summers. “I believe in the power of public education. Joining FPPS during this unprecedented era of COVID-19 and distance learning has only deepened my respect for teachers and school leaders. It is an honor to join this team of educators in trying to meet the needs of students and families and provide the best possible education for our community.”

Andi Summers started her role of Executive Director on April 6, 2020.

About the Foundation for Portland Public Schools

The mission of the Foundation for Portland Public Schools is to raise philanthropic support to enhance educational opportunities for present and future students in Portland's public schools. The Foundation’s work is closely aligned with the Portland Promise, the comprehensive plan of the Portland Public Schools. Accordingly, the goals for support, enrichment, and fundraising are student achievement, equity, attending to the needs and development of students as wholepeople, and developing a robust, diverse, and supported staff at every school in the city. FPPS also coordinates a long-running Teacher Grants Program designed to support teacher-led classroom innovations which enhance learning experiences for students. The program recognizes, rewards and supports teachers’ work to inspire students and improve learning outcomes. In 2019, FPPS distributed over $47,000 in teacher grants.

For more information, visit https://www.foundationforpps.org/