Parent Accountability Council

ELM relies on the regular guidance and expertise of two decision-making groups.

Parent Accountability Council

The Parent Accountability Council (PAC) ensures that family voice guides ELM's work. Parents from African American, African immigrant, Asian, Latino, Native American and Slavic communities form the council. In addition to the monthly* PAC meetings, partner organizations convene quarterly culturally-specific Parent Leadership Team meetings for broader parent input.

The PAC's Guiding Principles are central to ELM's approach (also available in Chinese, Russian and Spanish).

ELM works with these organizations to provide support and staffing for parents on the PAC:

  • Latino Network
  • Native American Youth and Family Services (NAYA)
  • Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI)
  • Immigrant Refugee and Community Organization (IRCO)
  • KairosPDX

*Council meetings are open to the public with prior notice. Please contact Frances Sallah for more information. 


Featured PAC members

PAC spotlight: Tam Huynh

Tam Huynh is an active parent leader and is well respected within the Vietnamese community in Portland. When her son was in Kindergarten at Lincoln Park Elementary, she met a P-3 Coordinator who helped Tam get involved parent leadership activities. She started serving on the Parent Accountability Council in 2017 because she cares about education and wants to help her community.

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