Beth Cook - Senior Program Manager
Beth is a Senior Program Manager for Classroom Law Project. As a classroom teacher in a variety of public and private schools at all levels for the past 20 years, Beth focused on sharing her passion for civic engagement by creating curriculum to support her students in finding their voices and engaging as positive change makers in their community.
For the past 10 years, she has been an Oregon Public School Socials Studies and Language Arts teacher at the Middle and High School levels. In her last high school position, Beth implemented and oversaw a student led Peer Court, a restorative justice alternative to the school’s traditional discipline plan, and advised the Student Equity Team. She is a National Geographic Teacher Consultant, and is a steering committee member for the Center for Geographic Studies in Oregon.
Beth holds a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester (NY) and her M.A. in Teaching from Lewis and Clark Graduate School. She lives at home with her husband Michael, her Vizsla Bela, and can most often be found in the kitchen, indulging her other passion of recreating dishes from her travels around the world.
Kacey Dewing - Southern Oregon Regional Program Manager
Erin Esparza - Executive Director
Erin became the Executive Director of Classroom Law Project in 2018. Prior to this she spent three years working in Mexico. At the Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey, Erin developed programs and operational models to provide education and social mobility opportunities for underserved populations. As Academic Portfolio Manager, she oversaw the development of academic offerings.
As Director of Expansion Strategy for Vía Educación, a nonprofit focused on education and participatory citizenship, Erin grew the organization and created the Jóvenes Atiempo program to keep youth in school by matching middle school students with high school mentors.
Before embarking on her career in education and youth development, Erin worked in the financial industry for more than a decade in senior roles with TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab & Company. In the 1990s, she served in various roles at Intel, including leading strategic venture capital investments in technologies for small businesses as Corporate Business Development Manager.
Erin’s education includes a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Education from Harvard University, and she is bilingual in English and Spanish. Erin has served on several nonprofit boards over the years, and is currently Vice Chair of Journeys Within Our Community, a nonprofit that empowers low income Cambodians with free education and scholarships.
Jenny Hehnke - Willamette Valley Regional Program Manager
Jenny is an Oregon educator who has been teaching middle and high school social studies and literature in the Eugene area since 2015.
Jenny received her doctorate in Political Science in 2009, after researching the politics of public schools and equity, city politics, and the history of school desegregation. She spent time as an adjunct instructor of Political Science while briefly working in health policy research with a local Eugene nonprofit. During that time, she pursued her teaching license to be able to work with kids more directly and integrate more deeply with the community. Jenny is most passionate about allowing kids to develop their voice and see how their unique passions can have an impact on the world.
Jenny lives in Eugene with her husband, two kids, and two huge dogs (Rosie and Chomsky). She is happiest with her family, camping, hiking, diving in mountain lakes, baking cookies, organizing things, reading, and collaborating with amazing people.
Robert Hulshof-Schmidt - Director of Development and Communications
Robert is Classroom Law Project’s Director of Development and Communications, and has a long history with the organization. Prior to holding his current position, Robert worked as CLP’s Data Coordinator and helped to streamline the data management systems; he also coordinated volunteers for fundraising events.
Robert has an extensive background in non-profit management and board service, and spent the first part of his career working as a librarian and library membership and communications coordinator.
A native Oregonian, Robert grew up in Albany and graduated from Willamette University. He learned civic engagement at a young age, helping his grandfather deliver voting machines around Linn county. Robert also has a Certificate in Comics Studies from Portland State University and has published articles about comics in a variety of academic journals and textbooks.
Amy Jamieson - Digital Community Manager
Amy is the Digital Community Manager at Classroom Law Project. Amy joins CLP with a deep background in marketing, a passion for mission-driven non profits, and experience working in education and the classroom.
Hailing from Baltimore, Amy worked in marketing and development for healthcare and education non-profit organizations. As a classroom teacher, she taught computer science and technology at an all-girls high school in Baltimore. Amy led the revitalization of the school’s technology programs through improved technology, professional development for teachers, and strengthened technology curriculum. After moving to Portland, Amy worked in marketing and communications for top childcare and retail companies.
Amy holds an M.A. in Contemporary Communications from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a B.S. in Art & Object Design from Towson University. Amy enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, hanging out with her rescue pup, Remi, and the great outdoors of the PNW.
Beth Madsen Bradford - Program and Communications Manager
Beth is Classroom Law Project’s Program and Communications Manager. With a background in content creation, communication and branding strategy, project coordination, and non-profit administration, Beth enjoys bringing creativity, collaboration, and big picture thinking to her varied responsibilities at CLP.
A former professional musician, Beth received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Linfield College, apprenticed with Des Moines Metro Opera and the Aspen Music Festival, and enjoyed 20+ years of performing with opera companies and orchestras throughout the West Coast.
In her spare time, Beth enjoys gardening, cribbage, playing ukulele, singing harmony, and hanging out with her awesome son, Nate, and their cats, Pepper and French Fry.
Chris Parrucci - Senior Program Manager
Chris Parrucci was born and raised on Long Island, and lived most of his adult life in New York City. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in 7-12 Social Studies education from New York University and a Juris Doctorate from Maurice A. Deane School of Law from Hofstra University.
Chris has divided his career between the legal, education, and nonprofit fields. He has taught high school Social Studies courses in both New York and Oregon, including United States History and Government, Global History and Geography, Native American History, and Themes of World and United States History. He has experience as an outside educator and curriculum developer for various nonprofit organizations, where he has worked with students at all grade levels, as well as instructing workshops, courses and seminars for undergraduate students and seasoned classroom educators.
Chris spends his down time with his wife, Jennifer, and cat, Anacapri. He loves streaming his favorite series, going to the movies, listening to podcasts, and has recently become a hiking enthusiast since moving to Oregon in March of 2020.
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