Dedicated to improving student success in Saint Paul

Cameron Bliss

VISTA Leader

Cameron is serving as the VISTA Leader with the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation’s Americorps VISTA cohort. A graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Cameron received his B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Service. While he was attending college at Hamline, Cameron interned at Oasis for Youth, a resource center for homeless youth in Bloomington, Richfield, and Edina. Last year Cameron served as the Communication Specialist for Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas. He is thrilled to be returning home to St. Paul this year to work for a cause and an organization that he is so passionate about.

John Stelter

Grant Systems Coordinator

John is currently serving with the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation as the Grant Systems Coordinator. John is a recent graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and received his BA in both sociology and political science. John is passionate about finding solutions to the issues of social inequity and wealth inequality. This year he looks forward to working with the SPPSF team and developing professionally in a philanthropic setting. 

Kara Bixby

Research & Evaluation Director

Kara oversees the Foundation’s evaluation efforts with the goal of improving and aligning the quality of community supports for students across the Twin Cities. She leads data-driven decision making in the Tutoring Partnership, a collective impact network of youth programs that provide academic skill-building to students. In addition, she provides community organizations with systemic training and coaching to utilize evaluation results for continuous improvement. Kara has a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has been at the Foundation since 2009.

Karen Woodward

Senior Program Director

Karen oversees all Foundation program areas and provides organization leadership in developing new partnerships.  She serves as the Foundation liaison to major partners including Saint Paul Public Schools, United Way, Sprockets, Youthprise and Generation Next.  She serves as the Foundation representative on the board of Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP). Prior to joining the Foundation, she ran her own education consulting business. Karen holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the College of St. Scholastica and a teaching license from Macalester College.

Mai Vang

Outreach Coordinator

Born and raised in Saint Paul, MN, Mai Vang is a first generation college graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Augsburg College. She has worked closely with organizations and non-profits that incorporate community involvement and inclusion, strengthening her skills in outreach and communication strategies. Mai also learned extensively about the systemic and institutional barriers to equality in America through a semester long program in the Twin Cities with the HECUA Inequality in America program. This learning experience made her realize that being an advocate for social change was her calling. Mai is excited to be working with the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and their Tutoring Partnership.

Nora Robinson

Tutoring Partnership Director

  Nora directs the Foundation’s Tutoring Partnership with the goal of mobilizing high quality tutoring across Saint Paul. She oversees the professional development, tutor training and technical assistance provided to each Tutoring Partner. Nora has worked at the Foundation since 2008 in a variety of roles including management of grants and National Service. Nora has her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College. 

Paige Jaworski

Tutor and Training Coordinator

Paige graduated from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a B.A. in English. She has been living in Saint Paul her entire life and is dedicated to student success in her community. She discovered her passion for student outreach programming while serving with Minnesota Reading Corps in 2014-2015 as a Pre-K Literacy Tutor. 

Roger Meyer

Interim Executive Director

Since 1993, Roger Meyer has worked with a variety of non-profits, partnerships, government entities and community groups as they go through transition. His work is infused with insights and knowledge gleaned from working with organizations as they grapple with internal and external change. Through a facilitative leadership style, he builds consensus and keeps organizations and partnerships moving through difficult issues – supporting them through transition and leaving them stronger and more focused on the other side. He brings optimism, energy and fresh ideas to his work – and brings out the same in others. Roger holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota, has received a fellowship to study community involvement across the United States, and has received recognition for his work to improve his St. Paul neighborhood. He has served on several non-profit and community boards. His three children remind him daily of his obligation to maintain and improve his community.

Victoria Perkins

Research Associate

Victoria coordinates key evaluation projects including our grant making evaluation and national Afterschool Matters Literacy research study. She is excited to help build the capacity of the Foundation and its partners to use data for continuous quality improvement. Victoria currently attends the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy with a minor in Program Evaluation. She has been working with the Foundation since 2013.