Ex Officio Board Members
State Treasurer Tobias Read
Oregon's 29th State Treasurer
Tobias worked in the U.S. Treasury and as a liaison between designers, engineers and manufacturing units for Nike Inc. In 2006, he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, where he served a decade and championed legislation to invest in public education, improve state financial management, finance critical infrastructure, and to help Oregonians save for a more secure future. He was elected Speaker Pro Tempore and earned the chairmanship of the Committee on Higher Education, Innovation, and Workforce Development.
As a legislative leader, he pushed to strengthen the state’s rainy day fund, which was a key factor that helped the state to earn a credit rating upgrade in 2011. He also helped lead the coalition that ultimately approved full-day kindergarten, underscoring that one of Oregon’s best possible investments is in our kids.
In 2015, he was a chief sponsor of the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which will be the first operating state-sponsored retirement program when it launches in mid-2017. The plan will enroll Oregon workers who lack access to a retirement savings option through their employers.
Tobias earned his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and his MBA from the University of Washington. He has been a volunteer for Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), a youth sports coach, a member of the Willamette University Athletic Director's Advisory Board, and a founding board member of Hoopla, Oregon's largest three-on-three charity basketball tournament.
He lives in Beaverton with his wife Heidi and their two children.
Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan
Shemia Fagan is Oregon’s 28th Secretary of State, a position she was first elected to in 2020. In her role, Secretary Fagan oversees an agency that is critical to ensuring Oregonians can participate in their democracy, protecting the state's scarce resources, helping facilitate the creation and maintenance of small businesses, and building an awareness of the whole story of Oregon.
Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Fagan, who is a civil rights attorney, served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2013 until 2017, and a member of the Oregon Senate from 2019 until 2020. During her time in the Legislature, Secretary Fagan was an active proponent of expanding access to the ballot, including helping to pass Oregon’s landmark Motor Voter Law and National Popular Vote and working to strengthen the nation’s most successful vote-by-mail system. She has also been a key ally in protecting the rights of Oregonians of all walks of life, advancing affordable housing legislation, and ensuring economic opportunity is afforded to every corner of Oregon.
A lifelong Oregonian, Secretary Fagan is the mother of two young children.
State Board Advisors
Superintendent Advisor Dr. Paul E. Coakley
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors selected Dr. Paul E. Coakley as Superintendent, effective July 1, 2021. Before joining MESD, Dr. Coakley served as the Superintendent of Centennial School District from 2017-2021. He has a proven track record of competence, commitment, and leadership skills in improving student growth and achievement outcomes in public schools. Dr. Coakley earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University. He was the sole recipient of PSU's Outstanding Leadership Award in 2016.
In 2017, he was awarded an Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the National Council for Educational Administration. Dr. Coakley recently completed his certificate of Advanced Education Leadership from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
School Board Advisor
My name is Lili Gomez, a first-generation college graduate and daughter of Mexican immigrants. I was born and raised in rural eastern Oregon: Hermiston. Growing up, I attended Head Start through our Migrant Education Program and was an ESL student up until middle school. After high school I attended Seattle University where I received my bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a focus on international business and marketing. After graduating from university I accepted a job overseas and moved to Spain to work as an English teacher. Through my degree, and this role, I was given the opportunity to explore and travel the world. An opportunity and privilege not easily accessible for many. Traveling and immersing myself in a new culture, ideas, and customs has strengthened my ability to step outside my comfort zone and use my skills to help others. This is why I know first hand the power of ancillary programs aimed at meeting a student’s needs. Special programs can make an impact on the quality of life and opportunities not just for a student, but for their families and their communities.
Service has always been a part of my life. I am employed as a public servant, working as a Records Specialist for the Hermiston Police Department. Previous to that I worked as a court clerk for the Hermiston Municipal Court. Through both roles, I've been able to bridge language barriers and help our Spanish-speaking community access city and public safety services. Additionally, I was recently appointed to the school board for the Hermiston School District, the largest school district in Eastern Oregon. This is another way I am able to represent and be a voice for our Latinx community. The experiences and barriers my siblings and I, as well as many of my peers, encountered as children of immigrants along with our immigrant parents, navigating systems such as education was challenging. I hope to be able to share those lived experiences and offer that perspective on my school board as we work to best serve all of our students.
Teacher Advisor Mona Khalil
My name is Mona Khalil. I was born in Cairo, Egypt. I spent most of my childhood in Chicago and moved to Oregon in 2003. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Education from Washington State University, a Master of Science in Education from Eastern Oregon University with a Reading Specialist endorsement, and an Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader certificate from Western Oregon University. I have thirteen years of classroom experience, and I am currently a third grade teacher at Tigard-Tualatin School District. I have taken various leadership roles, such as being a Professional Learning Community team leader, and am currently a part of the Colleagues of Color Tigard-Tualatin Leadership team. In 2019 and 2020, I was an OEA Educator Empowerment Academy Member. Our work focused on trauma informed practices in order to help the emotional regulation of students. In 2020 and 2021, I was an OEA Empowerment Academy Coach. During the pandemic, I coached a team in the Newberg School District to aid in increasing student engagement and participation in an equitable way during online learning. My experiences in public schools as well as having children of my own inspired my motivation to be an educator, and make changes to a system I knew could be difficult to navigate as a minority.
State Board Student Advisors
Caroline is a senior at West Albany High School. She is the founder and executive director of The World in Us, a nonprofit connecting students from 25+ countries to global perspectives through youth-for-youth cultural education and exchange. Her experiences studying Korean abroad through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth and engaging in cultural exchange with Japanese students through High School Diplomats have further crystallized her passion for intercultural collaboration. She also serves as co-founder and co-president of Aster Lit, an international literary magazine and podcast illuminating diverse youth voices across the world.
Caroline is deeply invested in politics and public policy, having advocated for statewide financial literacy education legislation; served as a U.S. Senate page through appointment by Senator Merkley; represented Oregon to the U.S. Senate Youth Program; interned for several state and Congressional campaigns; and worked at nonprofits like the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Next Up, and Our Children Oregon. She currently serves as the Youth Governor of Oregon, a role through which she advocates for youth civic engagement and education by organizing the annual Youth and Government conference.
Outside of culture and politics, she is passionate about and has performed research on equitable technology design at Oregon State University. At school, her leadership roles include serving as the wind ensemble principal flutist, Student Body Vice President, and equity council student representative. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, crocheting, and curating her 70+ Spotify playlists.
Emily Zou (she/her) is a senior at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She served as the 2021-22 student representative to the Lake Oswego School Board and is excited to continue her student advocacy at the state level. She is also the executive director of Oregon Student Voice, a youth led non profit that empowers all students to be active agents in shaping their K-12 education. Emily is also on the projects team at Project Lotus, which works to destigmatize mental health in Asian American communities. At Lakeridge, she is involved in student government, the speech and debate team, and various clubs.