Lavert Robertson leads group's push for equity in Multnomah County schools and colleges.

PHOTO COURTESY: FRED JOE - Lavert Robinson will take over as CEO of All Hands Raised, an organization that works to ensure equity in educational institutions throughout Multnomah County.After leading George Middle School in Portland for four years, Lavert Robertson has left to take the top position at All Hands Raised.

The nonprofit organization, which began as an arm of Portland Public Schools and operated as the PPS Foundation, now works independently and strives to ensure racial equity and quality education throughout Multnomah County schools and community colleges. All Hands Raised uses data to offer coaching and technical support to educators, counselors, social workers and others through school community teams.

Robertson, who has a robust background in education, was named CEO by All Hands' board of directors on June 4.

He replaces Dan Ryan, who will resign from the nonprofit at the end of June, after 11 years.

Robertson will take over on July 1, after he finishes out the school year as principal at George.

"It is humbling that the board of directors has selected me as the next CEO," Robertson said. "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."

Robertson started his career as a first grade teacher, then went on to take leadership positions with Centennial High School, Jefferson High School, Franklin High School and Cesar Chavez K-8, before leading a middle school with a $3 million budget.

"I want to listen," Robertson said Monday, noting he looks forward to bringing an ear to the community and being inquisitive about its needs.

"The work of All Hands Raised seeks to make the county a better place for children," he said. "We want the outcomes for all students to be as equitable as possible, regardless of income or the color of your skin."

The organization's board of directors said Robertson's vision and background in Portland education will be an asset.

"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 board Chair Trever Cartwright. "He brings excellent perspective to building collective responsibility across the community to advance shared goals for educational equity."

Robertson is a Jefferson alumnus who went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and a master's degree from Portland State University, according to All Hands.

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