Today we kick-off our Schoolhouse Supplies Snapshot Series, which will highlight various members of our staff and volunteers. First up is Jen Barth, our new Executive Director. (In case you didn’t catch it, The Portland Business Journal has a wonderful article about her joining the Schoolhouse team.)
Native of…and Portlander since?
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. I moved to Portland in 2009 with my husband, a former Oregonian and proud Duck, and our twin daughters who were then 2 ½ , and are now 5.
When did you join the Schoolhouse Supplies team?
Today marks just about 2 weeks since I started. Needless to say, I’m learning and absorbing so much each day. Gayle White created a tremendous foundation, and formed an incredible team who I am honored to lead and help take our growth to the next level.
What Were You Up To Before Schoolhouse Supplies?
I ran Big Small Brands, a small business and nonprofit branding firm I founded in 2010, and held various leadership roles in the corporate, nonprofit, and agency sectors prior to that. I’ve been passionate about strengthening Oregon’s education and community resources since I moved here, too: I served as Oregon’s delegate for the Mom Congress on Education & Learning and founded Books Make it Better, a grassroots, mom-powered early literacy movement in partnership with Reach Out and Read and Parenting Magazine last fall. I am also a founding member of The Mission List, a community of women who are dedicated to using social media for social good.