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    Dr. Keisha Scarlett, Chief of Equity, Partnerships, and Engagement (EPE)

    Dr. Keisha Scarlett PhotoOn June 1, 2019, Dr. Keisha Scarlett began a new role with Seattle Public Schools as Chief of Equity, Partnerships, and Engagement (EPE), reporting directly to Superintendent Juneau.

    In this cabinet-level role, Dr. Scarlett will oversee all racial equity initiatives and capacity building of staff, family partnerships, community partnerships, community engagement, and strategic oversight of high visibility, cross-organizational partnerships and philanthropic relationships.

    With her support, the district will implement a bold, new five-year strategic plan; one laser-focused on supporting and serving students and families furthest from educational justice. Visit the SPS Dr. Keisha Scarlett Named Chief of EPE article for more information.

    James Bush, Director of Partnership Alignment and Systems

    James Bush PhotoPrior to joining Seattle Public Schools in 2016, James served as the Neighborhood Programs Manager at the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, where he managed a variety of community building programs including Neighborhood District Coordinator Program, Neighborhood Matching Fund, People’s Academy for Community Engagement, and Public Outreach & Engagement Liaison programs. James has built a career of strengthening community connections and increasing systems abilities to meet the needs of our students and families. He served as a key leader in the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative for three Seattle mayors, and is committed to improving educational outcomes for SPS students, parents, partners and communities.

    A Seattle native, James grew up in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood and attended the University of Washington where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.




    Updated 9/13/2019