Fall 2015

[Alumni News]

Clover Codd

Academic Rising Star

CLOVER CODD (’97 Sociology) was close to completing her undergraduate education, and it was time to think about the next step. She had vague ideas about possible career paths, but it wasn’t until she stumbled upon an education class in her final semester that her future began to take shape.

“It was a class that introduced students to teaching to generate interest in the field,” Codd says. “It left an impression on me.”

She went on to become an elementary school teacher, but moved quickly up the ladder in the Seattle Public School system. Codd has left her own impression on the Seattle Public School system since first taking a job teaching elementary education. As the newly-hired Chief Partnership Officer, she’s now responsible for building better relationships between administrators, families, teachers, unions and others involved with 97 schools filled with 57,000 students in the greater Seattle area. One of Codd’s first initiatives is fostering communication between all parties.

“Helping lead that work is something that fits well within my skills,” Codd says. “Seattle has a diverse public school system, and not everybody feels they’re being heard. One of my primary goals is to bring the community’s voice to the table.”

Codd’s career in education has been on a fast track, partly because of her ability to balance a full-time job as principal at Loyal Heights Elementary School in Seattle while completing her doctorate at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. It meant flying to New York monthly for an intensive two-day component.

“I’ve lived my life in dog years,” says Codd, who is 41. “I was a principal by the time I was 28, and I feel like I have a lot more in experience than my age might indicate.”

While still teaching, Codd completed her master’s degree in education at the University of Washington. Following her years as a principal, she continued to move up the ranks, taking over as the district’s Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships in 2013. When the Chief Partnership Officer position opened, she was immediately intrigued.

“I’ve always been quite ambitious,” says Codd, who also completed a minor in Native American Studies at HSU. “When I was 4 years old, I was already saying I wanted to be a civil rights attorney when I grew up. My career has led me into education, which is actually a big civil rights issue of our time.”