All Hands Raised Board of Directors Names Lavert Robertson Chief Executive Officer
Portland, OR (June 4, 2019) – Today the All Hands Raised Board of Directors elected Lavert Robertson as the new Chief Executive Officer of All Hands Raised, effective July 1, 2019.
Robertson has two decades of experience in education, both inside and outside of the classroom, and currently serves as principal of Portland Public Schools’ George Middle School, managing a budget of $3 million and a staff of more than 50. Robertson’s focus is on helping educators be more effective and improving results for students, using data to illuminate gaps and inform change. He has vast experience in collaborative visioning, strategic planning, community engagement and using data to accelerate growth and equitable outcomes.
“Lavert is a highly respected and visionary leader whose deep connection to our mission was evident—his ability to inspire and elevate is impressive.” said All Hands Raised Board Chair Trever Cartwright. “He brings excellent perspective to building collective responsibility across the community to advance shared goals for educational equity.”
“It is humbling that the Board of Directors has selected me as the next CEO,” said Robertson. “As a first-generation college graduate I have been on a path to transform the systems that have historically failed our kids and their families. As the CEO of All Hands Raised I am committed to the work of the All Hands Raised Partnership to align systems to accelerate progress for our kids.”
About Lavert Robertson
Robertson has served as the principal of George Middle School since July of 2015. Prior to George he served in leadership roles at Cesar Chavez K-8 School, Franklin High School, Jefferson High School and Centennial High School. Prior to those leadership positions, Robertson was a first-grade teacher in Portland Public Schools.
An alumnus of Portland’s Jefferson High School, Robertson is a first-generation college graduate, receiving his Bachelor of Science in psychology, with a minor in substance abuse prevention from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Education in curriculum & instruction from Portland State University. He is a member of the National Association of Black School Educators.
An avid basketball player, he and his wife and two daughters reside in North Portland.
About All Hands Raised
All Hands Raised (AHR) is an independent community-impact organization that, with a focus on racial equity, mobilizes support from every sector to ensure every child in Multnomah County achieves their full potential. The All Hands Raised Partnership includes seven school districts, two community colleges and more than 100 organizations working from early learning through college and career training with a single goal: improving education outcomes, and economic and social mobility, for the 220,000 young people ages 0-24 living in our current footprint, Multnomah County.
To do this, All Hands Raised provides in-kind coaching and technical support, rooted in current data, to school community teams countywide that are comprised of teachers, counselors, principals, social workers, youth/family advocates, culturally-specific organizations and industry representatives. Teams identify, measure and evaluate concrete practices and interventions that improve results. Interventions that work are systematically communicated to the entire school community and across districts, partner organizations and leadership bodies to inspire replication and scale. Currently the Partnership is focused on improving outcomes in these areas: Disproportionate Discipline, Kindergarten Transition, K-12 Attendance, Ninth Grade Transition, Post-Secondary Access, Post-Secondary Completion and Pathways to Construction & Manufacturing Careers.
In March, All Hands Raised released its fourth chapter in the work of the Partnership outlining how Multnomah County’s kids are doing on 12 key, community-adopted measures. Chapter 04 also shines a light on where ground-up innovation is making an impact, and how best practices are beginning to organically spread. Recognized as a national model for advancing educational equity, All Hands Raised is a leader in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network of nearly 70 local partnerships across the country.