Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University
Erin Flynn leads the Office of Strategic Partnerships at Portland State University. In this role she is responsible for designing and managing university wide economic development and community engagement initiatives that advance strategic, regional priorities related to economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship, community health and urban sustainability. Erin is Co-Chair of the PSU Partnership Council, a university-wide body that advances and communicates PSU’s robust community engagement portfolio.
Over the course of her career, Erin has served as a policy and strategy consultant, a city government official and a higher education executive. Erin excels at building bridges between the public sector, private sector and higher education to design and advance complex, metropolitan agendas. At PSU she is point on the OHSU-PSU Strategic Alliance, the PGE-PSU Strategic Partnership, and PSU’s extensive engagement with the City of Portland. On behalf of four regional anchor institutions -- PSU, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), Portland Community College (PCC) and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) -- she currently spearheads Portland’s “Innovation Quadrant.” The IQ is envisioned as the geographic nerve center of a flourishing ecosystem that attracts talent, entrepreneurs and investment and propels Portland to global prominence in the cross-collaboration of health, science, and product design.
Erin is actively engaged in state and regional economic and community development. In 2015 she was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve as Chair of the Oregon Innovation Council, the state of Oregon’s innovation and entrepreneurship investment platform. Erin is also a Board and Executive Committee member of Greater Portland Inc., the metro region’s public-private partnership for business recruitment and regional marketing. Prior to joining PSU in 2011, Erin served as Urban Development Director at Portland Development Commission (2007-2011). She moved to Portland from Boston where she led a national consulting practice focused on regional economic and workforce development. Erin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Garrett Helm, Bora Architects
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Associate Principal, Hacker
Nick joined Hacker in 2000 and has since been an integral team member on numerous education, library, master-planning, urban design, and mixed-use projects. Nick’s technical expertise and effective project management, together with his understanding of project costs and client expectations, lead to cohesive, high-performing, and beautiful projects. Nick navigates intricate public processes with ease, and has presented on this topic at conferences for the Society for College and University Planners.
Principal, Bora Architects
A Principal with Boora Architects, Chris Linn has over three decades of experience designing spaces for education, community, and collaborative work. Recent projects include the 340,000 square foot new Beaverton High School in Beaverton, OR (currently under construction), the Early Learning Wing & Neighborhood Center at Earl Boyles Elementary in Portland, the LEED Platinum Vernonia K-12 School, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Through his extensive work with public/private partnerships, Chris has developed a collaborative design methodology that finds common ground among diverse groups and identifies space and resource efficiency. Chris holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.
Principal, Faubion PreK-8 School
Jennifer brings 17 years experience with Portland Public Schools starting as an elementary school teacher at Ainsworth and Chief Joseph. She was selected principal at Faubion in 2017. A collaborative leader, Jennifer has worked with the PPS Office of School Modernization and Concordia University regarding the complete rebuild of Faubion School scheduled to reopen August 2017. This partnership with Concordia University also resulted in the establishment of the 3 to PhD educational model, which integrates aspiring teachers, nurses, counselors and social workers into the instructional fabric at Faubion. While at Faubion Jennifer has worked with teachers to examine data in an effort to close the educational achievement gap through culturally responsive instruction and to ensure a school culture that is reflective and encourages communication with families, students, partners and colleagues. She also launched an early childhood program with 48 students, organized a Black Student Union, MECha chapter and GSA for middle school students. Jennifer pursued a career in education because she wanted to make a difference for all students and to advocate for students who may have been historically overlooked. Her goal at Faubion is to bring the community together to support the whole child and to help the whole student grow.
Dean, College of Education, Concordia University-Portland
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Assistant Principal, Faubion PreK-8 School
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Gary A. Withers
Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Concordia University-Portland
After nearly a decade practicing law, Gary Withers joined Concordia University in 1988 as the co-founder of the Center for Management of Nonprofit Organizations. The CMNO received recognition as an outstanding adult education program by the Portland Metropolitan Area Chamber of Commerce. Gary left Concordia in 1992 to serve as the CEO of Metropolitan Family Service until 1996 when he joined Portland State University as Vice President of University Relations and successfully launched and led his team’s record breaking Building Our Future capital campaign. After developing and leading Oregon’s highly influential Children’s Institute in 2003 (where he’s served on the board for the past 12 years), Gary returned in 2005 to Concordia as Executive Vice President, External Affairs, to lead Concordia’s nationally recognized community engagement strategy, initially known as the Portland Initiative. Gary serves as Chief Strategic Relations Officer on President Schlimpert’s cabinet, as well as President of the Concordia University Foundation, working extensively with President Schlimpert, Chief Development Officer, Kevin Matheny, the Foundation team and others, successfully expanding the University’s philanthropic and community support. Gary and Kevin co-lead CU’s award winning 3 to PhD collaboration (with PPS’s Faubion School, and Trillium Family Services) which grew from the Portland Initiative. Gary is married to the lovely and talented Katie Withers, a recently retired 5th grade parochial school teacher. They have 3 wonderful grown children, Kelsey, Patrick and Kristen, and the world’s cutest grandchildren, Cooper – who no doubt will become an avid bike rider like his grandfather, Caroline, Lily and a fourth grandchild on the way.
Associate Vice President for Planning, Construction and Real Estate, Portland State University
Dan Zalkow is the Associate Vice President for Planning, Construction, and Real Estate (PCRE). PCRE manages the planning, development and operations of the campus' physical environment, and ensures that PSU's physical development and operations align with the University's goals. Dan has been a PSU employee since 2000 when he joined PSU as Assistant Manager for Transportation and Parking Services. Dan has also served as the Manager for Transportation and Parking Services, the Associate Director for Auxiliary Services, and the Director for Planning, Sustainability and Real Estate. Dan has represented PSU on a number of committees in the areas of land use, transportation and development. Dan earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and statistics from the University of Georgia, and a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning and graduate certificate in Real Estate Development from PSU.