Kim Graham and Dr. Dani Portillo are joining the Arizona K12 Center Board of Directors.Jul 13, 2023
The Arizona K12 Center is proud to announce the appointment of Arizona Educational Foundation Executive Director Kim Graham and Roosevelt School District Superintendent Dr. Dani Portillo to the Center’s Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors consists of organizational representatives from key segments of the education community, K-12 practitioners, representatives from government entities, and the business community. They help guide the Arizona K12 Center in its work to provide quality professional learning to support teachers in enhancing students’ learning.
Graham fills the seat representing a non-profit education group, and Dr. Portillo fills the seat reserved for a K-12 administrator.
“Kim Graham and Dr. Dani Portillo will provide knowledge and expertise necessary to advance the Center’s next chapter,” said Executive Director Daniela Robles. “They both bring diverse experiences and an unwavering commitment for our Arizona teachers and students.”
Graham joined the Arizona Educational Foundation as Executive Director in 2018. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Louisiana A+ Schools for the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in New Orleans. Graham is the former Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Phoenix Symphony where she created “Mind Over Music,” a unique STEAM collaboration between symphony musicians and teachers. Most of her professional career was spent in Nashville, where she created nationally known arts integration initiatives during her tenure as Director of Arts Education for the Tennessee Arts Commission. Read more about Graham on the Arizona Educational Foundation website.
Dr. Portillo’s teaching career began in 1998 as a bilingual and dual language primary school teacher, as well as a middle school softball and cheer coach, before transitioning to a role as a district language acquisition specialist. As principal of both the elementary and high school level, Dr. Portillo led each of the school communities under her charge to improved Arizona State Accountability letter grades. Read more about Dr. Portillo on Roosevelt School District’s website.