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    Rivka photoRivka Burstein-Stern
    Director of Strategic Partnerships
    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 ChamberlinJennifer Chamberlin
    Partnership Data & 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.

    As a Southern California native, 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, searching for the best Mexican food, and playing video and board games with friends.

    Susan photoSusan Hall
    Community Alignment Initiative Coordinator
    Phone: 206-252-0994

    I am responsible for coordination and implementation of the Community Alignment Initiative, which is a framework that supports school-based programs, particularly licensed programs, to complement and align their programming to the teaching and learning happening during the core school day. This includes convening a representative group of programs, the Learning Partners Group (which has been around since 2000), to advise and provide oversight on this work.

    I have been working in Seattle Public Schools since 2000, when the Community Alignment Initiative first launched. I have worn many hats in my time at SPS, which has given me a unique vantage point on our work. I am very experienced in the challenges of working within a large urban school district, and I do this work because I’m passionate about it – I come from a long line of teachers/educators and really believe in the importance of having a well-educated public.


    Susan photoJill Leahy
    Partnership Alignment Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0159

    I am responsible for partner onboarding, ongoing professional development, integration, and communications.  I serve as the partnership liaison to central office departments, school principals, and partner organizations to ensure that students get the academic and non-academic support needed to be successful.

    I have a deep commitment to public education and have spent my professional career advocating and supporting students. Before joining the Community Partnerships team I was working in Prevention and Intervention department with Seattle Public Schools. In my spare time you can find me on picnics in a park, walking my energetic dog, or trying to build something. 


    photo SarahSarah Perez Hamilton
    Partnership Systems Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0794

    I joined the School & Community Partnerships team in a newly created position in October 2019 and work to support implementation of the Families, Education, and Preschool Promise (FEPP) Levy and strengthening systems and supports related to alignment with the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL). My work includes supporting professional growth and technical assistance for FEPP schools and partners, convening relevant parties within SPS and DEEL, project management of shared work, and supporting schools and community partners to build strong, effective, integrated partnerships aligned to DEEL and SPS goals. 

    I deepened a commitment to public education while working at the University of Washington in community engagement and service learning, partnership development, and early learning.  I am thrilled to be a part of the School & Community Partnerships team and work alongside others dedicated to educational justice. Originally from North Dakota, I attended college in Minnesota and Bellingham, WA, taught English in Istanbul, Turkey, and now call Seattle home where I moved to in 2001. I am a proud SPS parent to two daughters who I learn from on the daily and can often be found attending school events, discovering local community festivals, or running (kid-free) along Lake Washington.  

    picture Amy RaridanAmy Raridan
    Senior Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 206-252-0056

    I am a point of contact for data sharing with community partners and the primary reviewer of FERPA forms. 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. Additionally, I am also responsible for providing administrative support for the School and Community Partnerships team.

    I joined Seattle Public Schools in 2019. Prior to this position, I served transitional-aged youth in Oakland, CA for a decade. I am excited to use my background in education administration and youth development to serve my community in Seattle. In my spare time, I am an avid reader, an amateur baker and ice cream maker, and a cinephile who attempts to watch a movie a day.


    Natalie Williams photoNatalie Williams
    Project Coordinator

    I am the Project Coordinator for the Seattle Intervention Tracking and Community Partner Access project. The primary goal of this project is to improve student outcomes through the collection, tracking, and analysis of student interventions, creating a more data-informed learning environment.

    I have been committed to serving youth and families in the Seattle area throughout my career. Prior to joining Seattle Public Schools, I served Aki Kurose Middle School as a community partner implementing gap-closing programs. I am a proud Husky and received my Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School - Go Dawgs!

    I am also a proud mom and wife who loves to travel and explore new restaurants and still find time occasionally for creative pursuits like painting and printmaking.

    Kathlyn photo