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Meet Our Staff


Jonah Edelman

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jonah Edelman, an advocate for public education, is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stand for Children, an influential voice for students with affiliates in 11 states. Stand for Children’s mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To date, Stand for Children’s eleven state affiliates (AZ, CO, IL, IN, LA, MA, OK, OR, TN, TX, and WA) have won more than two hundred victories that have impacted the lives of millions of children.

 

Shannon Campion

Chief of State Operations

Shannon joined Stand in 2002 after working for Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and working for Common Cause on campaign finance reform. Starting as an Organizer and then Portland City Director, Shannon built the Portland Stand Chapter to over 1,000 dues-paying members and over 20 leaders. Shannon moved to Seattle to launch the Washington state affiliate in 2007. During her 6 years as Executive Director, Stand Washington was instrumental in among other things, passing an updated definition of basic education, passing landmark teacher and principal evaluation legislation, and establishing greater interventions into chronically under-performing schools. Shannon joined Stand for Children’s executive team in 2013 and serves as the Chief of State Operations.

 
 

Jacqui Dortch

Director of Family Engagement

Jacquelyn Dortch was born and raised in the Austin community on Chicago’s west side. Her parents were 15 and 17 years of age at the time of her birth. Jacquelyn’s life was immediately plagued by the prescribed perils of living in an impoverished community and being reared by teenagers. Fortunately for Jacquelyn she lived in a community where principals and teachers believed in moving beyond the office. When her mother’s elementary school principal learned that she had given birth, he made a house visit. He simply told Jacquelyn’s mother and father, “no matter what, stay in school and make sure these children have a quality education.”

 
 

EMILY PHAN

Chief Technology Officer

Emily holds both a Bachelors of Science in Information Quantitative Analysis and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Portland State University. She has also completed executive programs at the Oregon Graduate Institute and Harvard School of Business. She is actively involved in the community and is on the Board of iUrban Teen Summit, a grass roots organization focusing on infusing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to underserved teens. Emily is an advisor evaluator of technology for the City of Portland, and advisory council member of the PEM CIO Forum, Women in Technology, Portland Metro STEM Industry Council.

 
 

PAM WELCH

Chief Operating Officer

Pamela is a lifelong Oregonian. Her diverse background as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and community volunteer include leadership experience in the operations and/or accounting/finance areas with Nike, lucy activewear, and Portland General Electric. Pamela is currently serving as the Board Treasurer for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and as an Advisory Board member for the YWCA of Portland (previously serving two terms as Board President). Pamela has also served as an Advisory Board member of the Portland Playworks affiliate and she worked with Portland’s Outside/In to develop Virginia Woof, a successful dog daycare serviced by at-risk youth.