OCCUPATION: Deputy Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association
OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Financial Management; Human Resource Management; Higher Education Administration.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Oregon State University, Masters of Education; St. Martin's College, BA.
PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: Appointed to multiple city and county advisory committees.
PERSONAL: Matt, Courtaney (née Samco, PPS alumna), and their young son live in the Humboldt neighborhood. Matt grew up in Olympia, the traditional territory of his Native American tribe.
MATT MORTON: EXCELLENCE FOR EVERY KID. EVERY SCHOOL.
Every student deserves an effective school. Every school should be filled with committed teachers, principals, and families.
Matt will prioritize the budget to:
- Ensure a full school year
- Maintain PE, music, and arts for all kids
- Support struggling students
“Matt will focus resources in the classroom.”
- Jeff Gierer, Portland educator
MATT MORTON: RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP AND STEWARDSHIP
Matt will use his financial and management expertise to:
- Hold the Superintendent and school district administrators accountable for results
- Manage tax dollars effectively and efficiently
- Design and implement long-range plans, linked to accountability systems
“I trust Matt's leadership and ability to make tough decisions to control costs and balance the budget while strategically investing in our children's education.”
- David Wynde, Portland School Board
MATT MORTON: OUR KIDS DESERVE BETTER
School Board members hold an important responsibility to improve outcomes for all students.
“Under his leadership as Board Chair, we're graduating students at five times the rate of Native students in PPS.”
- Nichole Maher, Executive Director, NAYA
“I support Matt because he's committed to improving learning opportunities for all students.”
- Carmen Rubio, community leader
Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish
State Representative Tina Kotek
Tom Potter, Portland Mayor (ret.)
Portland Association of Teachers/TVIP
Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury
Sho Dozono, past president, Portland Schools Foundation
Phil Keisling, former Secretary of State
community leaders: Jesse Beason, Pietro Ferrari, Maxine Fitzpatrick, Rey España
Peggy C. Ross, former Affirmative Action Director, Gov. Kulongoski
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
(This information furnished by Matt Morton for Portland Schools)
The above information has not been verified for accuracy by Multnomah County.