Willis came to Oakland’s central office earlier this year as a project manager for the Expect Success! initiative. Like Vincent Matthews, the interim state administrator, he received a major promotion after just a few months on Second Avenue.
He was actually promoted about three weeks ago, but I just heard about it through the grapevine yesterday. Here’s an e-mail the district spokesman sent out after I asked for Willis’ resume and got a bio instead. (I don’t know who the “all” is, in case you’re wondering.)
I would like to formally introduce Jason Willis as the new Budget Director for the Oakland Unified School District. Many of you know Jason through the work he performed in his previous position as an Expect Success project manager focused on developing the District’s investment framework and service economy.
Prior to joining OUSD in 2007 Jason was an Assistant Product Manager with Standard & Poor’s, an independent provider of credit ratings and home to the S&P 500 Benchmark Index. In his role at Standard & Poor’s Jason worked with school districts throughout the country to identify, analyze, and understand how resource allocation decisions impact teaching and learning in the classroom. Before moving to Standard & Poor’s, Jason served as an instructional aide and tutor in the New York City and Washington, DC public schools.
Jason earned his M.A. in Education Policy and Finance from Teachers College Columbia University and his B.A. in Education and Psychology from Catholic University in Washington, DC. He is also vice president of the Community Research and Learning Network (CoRAL), a consortium of universities and community organizations in Washington, DC dedicated to providing high-quality research and evaluation for the non-profit community.
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