Dr. Harriet Elaine Adair

Assistant Superintendent
Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon
United States

Focus Areas

K-12 Education
Finance / Fundraising / Administration


Harriet Adair has more than 35 years of experience in Portland Public Schools. She has served as a building administrator in high schools, elementary (K-5,K-8) and middle schools across the district, and worked in the central office in the Community Relations, Desegregation, Systems Planning and Performance, Human Resources and Curriculum and Instruction Departments. She also has led the district's diversity and equity training efforts, mid-level redesign and P-3 initiatives and the designing and implementation of early learner centers across the district. She has served as an Area and Regional Director and has, at one time or another, supervised most of the district's PK-12 schools. She has served on the Governor's Quality Education Model panel that was charged with designing a model for school funding for the state of Oregon. She is now serving on the Governor's Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) Early Learner Council that is providing oversight to Oregon's move to expand early learner programs and supports statewide with a priority focus on reaching historically under served children and families. She is providing leadership to Portland Public Schools' Five and Ready Initiative that will create 5 regional Early Learner Centers and expand early learner student and family supports across the district. Her current assignment is Assistant Superintendent for Pk-12 School Operations and Academic Supports and the Office of Early Learner Programs PreK-3rd grade. In this role she supervises the departments of Funded Programs, Head Start, Enrollment and Transfers, Title I, School and Family Partnerships, Research and Evaluation, Translation and Interpretation Services, College and Career Readiness Programs and Early Learner Programs. She has a doctorate in Public School Administration from BYU, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from PSU, a Masters in Learning Disabilities from University of Oregon, and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education for Portland State University.