Director, Zone 2

Photo of Michelle A DePassMichelle A DePass

Occupation: Community Engagement Policy Coordinator, Portland Housing Bureau

Occupational Background: Construction Management, Energy Conservation; Program Management

Educational Background: Portland Public Schools; Portland State University; Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Prior Governmental Experience: Program Manager, Portland Parks; Metro; Housing Budget Advisory Committee

Community Service: Classroom Volunteer, PTA, N. Williams Safety Project, Native American Chamber, Interstate Firehouse Community Center, Junior Achievement, OPAL

Dear Voters,
I’m running for Portland School Board for one reason – I believe every child deserves to succeed. As a mother of PPS kids and PPS graduate with experience in budgeting, diversity and inclusion policy, I am ready to work with you to close the achievement gap. I will be the budget hawk our schools need, ensuring we get the right results for students.

PPS faces many challenges. What I offer to you:

  • Prioritizing kids and classroom needs over administration budgets
  • Construction management, budgeting and program evaluation experience
  • 20 years volunteering in public schools, four family generations of teachers, rooted in PPS

“Michelle understands the challenges and the promise that all children possess. I know she will fight to make sure all our students get what they need to succeed; especially our most vulnerable students—those from communities of color, immigrants and refugees, and low-income families.”- Julia Peattie, PPS Teacher

“Michelle knows Portland Schools inside and out. She is a PPS grad, a PPS mom and from a family of four generations of teachers. She knows what makes a great school and she’ll work for that.”– Senator Margaret Carter


Governor Barbara Roberts
Senators Lew Frederick, Michael Dembrow, Avel Gordly
Multnomah Commissioner, Susheela Jayapal
PPS School Board, Julia Brim-Edwards
Former PPS Board Members Karla Wenzel,
Pam Knowles, Douglas Capps, Carol Turner
Steve Griffith, David Wynde, Ruth Adkins, Bill Scott
Rex Burkholder
Anita Yap
John Hovious
Mari Watanabe

Portland Association of Teachers PAC
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC
For Our Children’s Future
Stand for Children
Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon
Oregon Working Families Party

www. DePassforPPS .com

(This information furnished by Friends of Michelle DePass.)

The above information has not been verified for accuracy by Multnomah County.

Director, Zone 2

Photo of Shanice Brittany ClarkeShanice Brittany Clarke

Occupation: Educator, Portland State University

Occupational Background: Higher education, student affairs, research & assessment, budget management, diversity education

Educational Background: GED; Human Services, BA, Educational Leadership, MA (University of Northern Colorado)

Prior Governmental Experience: AmeriCorps VISTA Leader (Dearfield Project)

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: Teachers Union Member (Association of American University Professors), Board Director (OPAL Environmental Justice), Bus Riders Unite Member

FAMILY: First-generation Jamaican immigrant, daughter of unionized nurse, partner of PPS educator

Shanice: It’s Time That Students Do More Than Survive, But Thrive

“Shanice is already a courageous educator who has a passion for public schools, and supporting students before they slip through the cracks.” -Representative Janelle Bynum

76% of PPS students who don’t complete high school are from low-income families, and as a high school dropout Shanice knows this story. Shanice sees how hardship impacts student success, and she’ll fight for:

  • Smaller classrooms, teacher training, family/medical leave for workers
  • Wraparound support for families, restorative discipline practices, and trauma-informed care for students in need
  • Moving dollars to technical education, after-school programs, bridge programs, immersion programs, and creative arts
  • Diversifying curricular approaches and the PPS workforce

“Parents and teachers stand with Shanice, and she’ll also amplify the voices of families. We need her in PPS.” -Reynolds School Board Member Ricki Ruiz, Pos. 7

“As a former PPS student, I know we need solutions for financial stability that center youth- that's why I support Shanice.” -Charlotte Rutherford, Former Oregon Judge

Vote for Shanice Clarke, so Portland can promise great education- regardless of who you are, or where you come from.

Proudly Standing with Shanice:
State Representatives Janelle Bynum, Diego Hernandez
PPS Teacher Joanne Shepard
Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals
PCC Federation of Classified Employees
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC
Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon
Former State Senator Avel Gordly
Reynolds School Board Members Yesenia Delgado Pos. 5, Ricki Ruiz Pos. 7
Oregon Working Families Party
Helen Ying, MESD Board Director

Learn more about Shanice, her priorities, and other supporters:

(This information furnished by Friends of Shanice Clarke.)

The above information has not been verified for accuracy by Multnomah County.