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    James Bush
    Director of Family and Community Partnership
    Phone: 206-252-0513

    Prior to joining SPS, I served as the Neighborhood Programs Manager at the Department of Neighborhoods, where I 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. I served as a key leader in the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative for three City of Seattle mayors, and am committed to improving educational outcomes for Seattle students, parents, and communities.

    A Seattle native, I grew up in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. I attended the University of Washington where I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. I am happily married with two children Jordyn (9) and Justin (3).

    Nick Hernandez
    Partnership Data and Systems Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0518

    I am responsible for facilitating improved partnerships between schools and CBOs by leading the development and refinement of technology solutions that support data informed decision-making through data collection, data sharing, and data use.

    I am humbled to serve Seattle Public Schools’ students and community in this role. I believe education is the foundation for thriving in life, and that a quality education is the right of every student. The chance to support non-profit and community partners, along with schools, in providing data-informed, whole-child services to the right student at the right time is an honor.

    In my spare time I love to learn about new things, explore our beautiful state with my dog (Roscoe), play disc golf and soccer, and share good food with good friends.

    Rivka photoRivka Burstein-Stern
    Partnership Alignment Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0688

    I am responsible for building systems, policies, and tools to support strong, effective partnerships between schools and community based organizations. This includes partner onboarding and professional development, and working collaboratively to streamline and improve existing structures and systems.

    I am excited to be working for SPS because I am a proud product of Seattle Public Schools, and I want every kid to have access to the quality education that I was fortunate to receive. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than bringing our schools together with the amazing resources of our local community to ensure that kids and families get the supports they need to be successful. In my spare time I enjoy singing 1990s era karaoke, exploring new soup recipes, and chasing my energetic toddler around the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest (and trying to keep him from eating too much dirt...)!

    Jennifer Chamberlin
    Senior Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 206-252-0056

    I am responsible for providing administrative support for the School and Community Partnerships team. I help to ensure partner alignment by serving as a liaison between SPS staff, schools, CBOs, and the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning, as well as providing data interpretation, retrieval, and analysis.

    Having recently relocated from Southern California, I am excited to bring my passion for education and assisting others to my new home here in Seattle. Our community partners offer a wealth of opportunities and services to our parents and students, and I am honored to be a part of helping to build and grow this community. In my spare time you can find me traveling the world or playing video and board games with friends.