Who We Are

About Community & Parents for Public Schools (CPPS)

CPPS is the Portland chapter of Parents for Public Schools, part of a nationwide network of grassroots organizations focused on increasing parent, family and community involvement in public education. Launched in January of 1999, our chapter is part of the only national organization that actively recruits parents to public schools and advocates for parents taking a role in decision-making, school improvement, and accountability. 

Please click here to join CPPS or make a donation today.

Our Mission

CPPS is committed to building a sustainable network of diverse parent, family, and community voices to ensure a high-quality education for all children in Portland Public Schools.

We believe excellent schools require the participation of the whole community – schools simply cannot do it without us. Community members and parents need to step up and take responsibility for owning our schools and ensuring that all of our students have every opportunity to succeed. CPPS works to mobilize parents and community members who reflect our diverse culture, to bring about systemic change in our school district.

Our Board of Directors


  • Scott Bailey, President
  • Eleni Kehagiaras, Vice-President
  • Betsy Salter, Secretary
  • Will Fuller, Treasurer

Other Board members

  • Andew Davidson
  • Heather Leek
  • Joe Purkey
  • Michael Verbout
  • Rita Moore