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March 1, 2017

MESD Board Chair Stephen Marc Beaudoin Moves to Washington, D.C.

MESD Board Chair Stephen Marc Beaudoin's future professional and personal plans include moving to Washington, D.C. in August to pursue opportunities in that region. He remains present and focused in his work with PHAME, MESD and the many community organizations he serves through August. MESD is grateful for his energy, his commitment to students and staff, and his leadership. We wish him all the best in his next chapter.

From PHAME on February 27, 2017:
“PHAME would not be the organization it is today without Stephen’s dedication and leadership,” says board chair Gretchen Wernert of The Standard, a longtime Oregon-based insurance business and PHAME corporate sponsor. “His commitment to the simple belief that access to the arts and education should not be limited, and his embodiment of PHAME’s core values of self-determination, opportunity, dignity of risk, excellence, and inclusion has transformed PHAME and the greater Portland community. I am thrilled for Stephen personally and professionally, and I look forward to hearing about this next chapter for him.”

“Seven years ago this month, I began an incredible adventure when I signed on first to join the board, and shortly thereafter joined the staff as Executive Director of PHAME,” Beaudoin says. “The organization was at a critical inflection point, and I stepped into service with hope and joy, but with little understanding of the lived experience of people with disabilities, or the barriers these individuals face to full equality and community inclusion: in the arts, and in far too many parts of life and the world. I’ve had many mentors since, but my best teachers by far have been our program participants themselves, and I am forever grateful to the artists and performers of PHAME for their talent, grit, and grace.”

“And now it’s time to turn the page,” Beaudoin continued. “Later this summer, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of PHAME and from my elected and community commitments, including my role with Multnomah Education Service District, to pursue professional opportunities and join my partner in Washington, D.C. I intend to relocate to the D.C. area this August. To leave Portland and my community here has been the hardest professional decision of my life. But I feel called to follow my heart, and look forward to discovering what’s next.

Beaudoin has become recognized as a formidable figure working to serve the community and advance equity and inclusion at the intersection of arts, education, and social justice. In 2015, Beaudoin was elected to the board of the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), an $80 million public education agency providing special education, health services, technology, and instructional services to over 100,000 Multnomah County students. He now serves as MESD board chair. Beaudoin also serves as an Advisory Board member of TEDxPortland and a board member of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Additionally, he has served as a board member for Oregon Humanities, as gala co-chair and volunteer for Basic Rights Oregon, and produced two popular fundraising concerts to benefit Mercy Corps in 2010 and 2011.

Beaudoin has been recognized with the Spirit of Portland award (2014), FACT Oregon Community Partner award (2016), Rob Delf Honorarium Award (2014), the Skidmore Prize (2011), and as a Portland Monthly magazine “Rising Star.” His writing on arts, disability, and nonprofit issues has been published in the Portland Business Journal, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, NEA/Arts Education blog, Sustainable Business Oregon, Street Roots, and many more publications.

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