Our Team

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KATIE KRUMMECK

Director of Programs

Katie Krummeck is an educational designer and a national thought leader in leveraging the power of design to drive change in the K12 system. Katie draws from her experiences in a wide array of settings to develop and scale educational programming that matches her belief in the power of hands-on, real world learning to inspire students to solve complex problems and feel empowered to make the world a better place. Katie has lead design teams to tackle diverse projects such as reimagining a PreK-12 school schedule and the use of time as an instructional tool and redesigning the accreditation process to yield deeper insights into the state of schools in relation to their strategic plan and mission. Katie has also coached school leaders, educators, non-profit leaders, and corporate executives to develop their design mindsets and the capacity to leverage design to drive innovation.

Before coming to Construct, Katie was the Director of the Deason Innovation Gym at the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. Before SMU, Katie worked to bring design thinking to K12 Educators at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. During her time at the K12 Lab Network at the d.school, Katie contributed to a diverse array of projects, including a mobil maker education initiative called SparkTruck, a series of introductory and intermediary design thinking workshops for educators, school-based design projects and School Retool a principal professional development program designed in collaboration with IDEO and the Hewlett Foundation.

 
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President, Co-Founder

Gina Condon brings more than 20 years of child development and entrepreneurial experience to her leadership of Construct Foundation.

As President, Gina focuses on shaping and guiding a unique strategy for Construct that complements other, dynamic efforts intended to radically shift teaching and learning in Oregon public schools. She identifies programs for incubation, listens to teachers, to principals, and works with funders to find new ways to align education stakeholders for collective impact. Gina manages the day-to-day operations of Construct.

Working through the Social Innovation Incubator at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration--where she received a Certificate in Business of Social Innovation in 2014--Gina founded Construct in 2013. Previously, she spent 10 years working in youth programs across the country, and in Silicon Valley for five years, building design teams for high-tech companies.

Currently, Gina is a trustee at Concordia University and co-chair of the 3toPhD subcommittee. She serves on the board of Tinker Camp; is a member of the STEAM Coalition of Northeast Portland; and is a five-time co-chair of the Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award Ceremony which has raised more than $3.5 million to date, benefitting Concordia student scholarships and the 3 to PhD initiative. As a mother of three and the oldest of four siblings, Gina considers education, health, and the well being of children the driving issues in her life.

Gina received an MEd from Harvard's Graduate School of Education and a BA in Psychology from University of California at Irvine.

Contact Gina:  gina@constructfoundation.org

 
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Secretary, Co-Founder

Kate Fitzgerald works to forward the mission of Construct by helping to shape and apply strategy, research partners, author grant proposals and reports, and in support of the Foundation’s unique infrastructure and cross-sector needs.  She brings decades of experience in the service of educational, cultural, and community organizations to her role as secretary and co-founder of Construct Foundation.

Over the last 10  years, Kate authored grants which secured millions for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles—the second largest Y association in the country. Prior to this work focused on family support and youth empowerment programming, Kate spent a dozen years in education and the arts, including as grants manager for the Natural History Museum of LA--the largest natural and historical museum in the west, and as an administrative resource for student scholastic success, student advocacy, and operational infrastructure at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Kate is a dedicated volunteer with environmental, social justice, and educational organizations in the Portland area. She believes that a wealthy and healthy society requires a commitment to the holistic, dynamic, and equitable education of all its citizens. Besides Construct, Kate writes and produces films that tell the stories of people and products designed to better our world.

Contact Kate: kate@constructfoundation.org

If Kate doesn’t answer your question immediately, it’s probably because she’s planting, weeding, or harvesting something.


Facilitators

erin bray

Trained as a lead Breaker facilitator, Erin runs design challenges for students, professional development workshops for teachers, and provides coaching and co-facilitation support for educators learning how to build design challenges for their students.

A veteran high school language arts teacher, Erin has always sought innovative ways to build empathy in students, empower critical thinkers, and inspire creativity. Incorporating Breaker’s design thinking methodology and growing maker mindsets in the language arts classroom transformed her perspective and her students' experiences. She is excited to support other teachers exploring the intersection between the design process and how we teach young people. Erin received her undergrad and teaching certificate from Whitman College and has a Masters in curriculum & instruction from PSU.

Contact Erin at ebray@breaker.org 

 
 

Kari Nelsestuen

Kari facilitates Breaker professional development workshops for Oregon educators and School Retool workshops for Oregon principal cohorts. With an expertise in education evaluation, Kari will play a key role in Construct’s effort to build a data-collection method around teacher mindset growth from Breaker professional development and coaching services.

In addition to her work with Construct, Kari advises over a dozen Oregon district leadership teams as they build and test innovative ideas to improve teacher effectiveness. Her portfolio also includes over 15 years of research on effective education programs, with a special focus on teacher professional development initiatives. Kari has an MS from Columbia University Teachers College.


Board Members

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Matt Bryant

Senior Alternatives Analyst, Arnerich Massena, Inc.

Cindy Cooper

Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation

Wilson Smith III

Design Director, Nike, Inc.

Eric Park

Innovation Fellow at  Ziba Design & Director of Business Design at Cambia Health Solutions

Madeline Turnock

APR, Advisor to the President, Concordia University

Heidi Rahn

Program Director, Oregon Zoo Bond Program, Metro

Rafael Otto

Senior Communications and Policy Associate, Children’s Institute


Advisory Board Members

Annmarie Cheesbro

Arbor Center Teaching Coordinator and adjunct professor at Marylhurst University

Eric Cress

President,  Urban Development + Partners

Zalika Gardner

Co-Founder, KairosPDX

Lori Heino-Royer

Director Business Innovation / Strategy and Program Management Office, Daimler Trucks of North America

Juliette LaMontagne

Chief Learning Architect, Bionic Solutions