Clark College Board of Trustees

 

Royce Pollard

Chair, Clark College Board of Trustees

Appointed: 2010       Term Ended: 2011
Reappointed: 2011   Term Ended: 2016   
Reappointed: 2016   Term Ends: 2021 

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From 1996-2010, Royce Pollard served as mayor of Vancouver, Wash.

During his six terms as mayor, Pollard shaped the development of downtown Vancouver including the revitalization of Esther Short Park and the dedication of the Hilton Vancouver Washington Hotel and Convention Center.

Pollard served in the U.S. Army beginning in 1961, including deployment during the Vietnam War. His final post was as Commander of the Vancouver Barracks. After retiring in 1988, he was appointed to Vancouver City Council one year later.

He was honored by the Community Foundation of Washington as Clark County’s First Citizen for 2010.

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Jane Jacobsen

Vice Chair, Clark College Board of Trustees

Appointed: 2016       Term Ends: 2019

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Ms. Jacobsen currently works with Gramor Development and the City of Vancouver on the development of the Columbia Waterfront Park.

For more than 12 years, Ms. Jacobsen served as the founding executive director of the Confluence Project, now known as Confluence.

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Jada Rupley

Clark College Board of Trustees

Appointed: 2010                  Term Ended: 2015
Reappointed: 2015              Term Ends:  2020

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For more than 25 years, Jada has served in a variety of roles in Washington's education system. She has been a teacher, psychologist, principal, and an associate superintendent, where her focus was on innovative programs that create educational opportunities for all learners, early to adult.  As a Governor's appointee, she served as Co-chair for the Early Learning Advisory Council in building the early learning system. The Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium was a milestone for families with young children providing over 2,000 quality child care slots in 28 centers in Clark County.

In 2012-2014, she was chosen by then Governor Kitzhaber to serve as Oregon's first Early Learning System Director implementing legislation for early learning and child care investments for children birth to 6 years.

Jada Rupley is now the Superintendent of the Clackamas Education Service District in Oregon.   Ms. Rupley resides in Camas and has been a resident of Clark County since 1984.

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Rekah Strong

Clark College Board of Trustees

Appointed: 2012       Term Ends: 2017

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Mrs. Strong is currently Chief of Operations and Equity at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette in Portland, OR.

She has more than 16 years of experience working in public agencies and developing strategies to improve organizational cultural humility. Prior to her work for United Way, Mrs. Strong spent 12 years working in various capacities for Clark County, WA and the State of Oregon in their Department of Human Services.  In 2010, she became the principal operator of her private consulting firm, Chemistry Development LLC. 

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Paul Speer

Clark College Board of Trustees

Appointed: 2018       Term Ends: 2023

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Mr. Speer has extensive experience and skills in strategic planning, fundraising and capacity building. A resident of Clark County for the past 37 years, Speer has long demonstrated a commitment to his community.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Speer worked at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he retired as Vice President of Development Strategy in the Office of Strategy and Technology.

Currently, Mr. Speer serves an executive advisor and coach, who also appears as a guest lecturer and panelist on topics including leadership, new business creation, business planning, venture philanthropy, sustainable energy, and encore careers. 

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