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Anthony takes aim at school board seat

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Paul Anthony, chief financial officer of Shannon Pratt Valuations in Beaverton, and father of three in Portland Public Schools is running for the Zone 3 seat on the board.

Even in a brief encounter with Portland Public Schools board hopeful Paul Anthony, one is struck by his precision.

For example, PPS’s recent effort for “boundary redraws are a cascading dominoes — or a roll of cascading dominoes,” he self-corrects.

Sitting in the conference room of Shannon Pratt Valuations’ Beaverton office and surrounded by mounted book covers in various languages, Anthony sits precisely and speaks precisely on a wide range of issues.

“I’m very disciplined. I’m very organized. And I’ve run an awful lot of fairly complicated nonprofit and community organizations while being CFO of one of the most powerful financial companies in the world,” Anthony says, adding: “I’m very concerned about the future of the schools and how that impacts the future of Portland. In particular, I’m very concerned about management and finance issues.”

He smiles with a touch of false humility: “Those are things that I know a little bit about.”

When Anthony is not working for Pratt’s international business appraisal firm, he is busy with his three children and numerous community projects. He has been President of the Humboldt Neighborhood Association since 2003, a board member of Portland Community College’s Albina/Killingsworth Safe Neighborhood Commission since 2006, a member of Portland’s Rotary Club since 2013 and many other groups besides.

As a neighborhood advocate, he won several battles against PPS’ closure of Humboldt School, but ultimately lost the war in 2012.

Though Anthony would be another white, male face on an overwhelmingly Caucasian board, African American leaders such as Don't Shoot PDX's leader Teressa Raiford and Portland Parent Union founder Sheila Warren have expressed their support for him.

“I think the district’s been an empty suit on equity,” Anthony says, adding: “I understand the need and the desire for ethnic representation (on the school board), but I think the critical thing in looking at who is on the board is where they stand on the issues and whether or not they are able to get anything done.”

Anthony is running in northwestern Zone 3, currently occupied by Native American Youth and Family Center Executive Director Matt Morton, who declined to say if he is planning to run again.


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