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    James Bush, Chief of Equity, Partnerships and Engagement
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    On December 11, 2020, Superintendent Denise Juneau announced two new cabinet-level appointments.  Beginning in January of 2021, Dr. Keisha Scarlett will serve as the new chief academic officer overseeing the Teaching and Learning division.  James Bush, who previously held the role of Executive Director of School and Community Partnerships, will serve as Chief of Equity, Partnerships and Engagement.  In this role, Mr. Bush will oversee three departments:  Racial Equity Advancement, Stakeholder Engagement, and School and Community Partnerships.  The division supports key work in the district's five-year strategic plan, including changing broken systems and undoing legacies of racism in public education, and fostering inclusive and authentic engagement with families and students.

    Prior to joining Seattle Public Schools in 2016, James served as the Neighborhood Programs Manager at the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, where he 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. James has built a career of strengthening community connections and increasing systems abilities to meet the needs of our students and families. He served as a key leader in the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative for three Seattle mayors, and is committed to improving educational outcomes for SPS students, parents, partners and communities.

    A Seattle native, James grew up in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood and attended the University of Washington where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.




    Updated 9/13/2019