Dr. Karen Fischer Gray
10636 NE Prescott
Portland, OR 97220
Assistant to the Superintendent
& Board of Education
Background: Born in New York City, New York and lived in California before moving to Oregon in 1990. Thirty-two years in public education, current superintendent of the Parkrose School District and former superintendent of the Coos Bay School District in Coos Bay, Oregon. BA and MA from Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, California in Communicative Disorders (Speech Pathology) and Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Policy and Management) from the University of Oregon in 2005.
Current Work that supports school district work: Dr. Gray is currently the Chair of Oregon’s Education Enterprise Steering Committee and the co-director of the Oregon Collaborative Administrative Mentor Program with Oregon Department of Education and the Confederation of School Administrators. Karen is an adjunct professor for both Lewis and Clark and Portland State University in Educational Leadership and is on the Doctoral Program Council for Lewis and Clark College. Karen is a member of the Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council representing education, a Board member of the Classroom Law Project and Vice Chair of the Board for the Academy of Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE). Karen Gray is on the Executive Council for the Cradle to Career Initiative and the winner of the Multnomah County John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership Award for 2012. Dr. Gray was a 2011-2012 nominee for Oregon Superintendent of the Year. Finally, Dr. Gray is a Commissioner on the City of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission.
Interests: Karen loves to work but when she is not working she likes to travel, have fun with her family, work out at the gym, read books and attend the theater. Karen was a concert violinist growing up and plays the piano. She was also an avid horsewoman. Karen Fischer Gray has three children and three grandchildren who attend school in the Parkrose School District.
The Parkrose School District acknowledge the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) for its small Community Grant assistance in 2012-2014 for work with the Black Parent Initiative.