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Interim Superintendent Announcement

Interim Superintendent Announcement 

The Riverdale School Board is thrilled to announce that Dr. Jeff Harding will serve as Interim Superintendent of the Riverdale School District for the 2021-22 school year. Dr. Harding is a distinguished leader who comes to Riverdale with an extensive background in education, most recently serving as a superintendent in California at the Mountain View Los Altos High School District and Healdsburg Unified School District for a total of 11 years. 

During his time as superintendent, Jeff led his districts through culture transformations, fiscal recovery, comprehensive reviews of district policy, enrichment programs and other initiatives. In Mountain View Los Altos, he designed and implemented a student internship program, collaborating with LinkedIn, Adobe, the City of Mountain View and others, which earned him the Hoffmann Award for most innovative educational program in Santa Clara County. He has experience coordinating with school foundations to supplement funds and enrich programs for students. He believes that listening and strong communication are key to successful administration. Jeff previously worked as an Assistant Superintendent, mathematics teacher, economics teacher and, most recently, a graduate-level instructor. 

Jeff and his wife Kate have four grown sons and come to Portland from Sebastopol, California. Jeff retired from California Public Schools in 2019 and enjoyed traveling the world until the COVID pandemic forced a return to California. This year he has coordinated vaccine clinics for Sonoma County educators and continues to teach graduate level courses to aspiring educators. He is excited to return his focus to primary and secondary education at Riverdale.

We greatly appreciate the staff and community stakeholders who participated in this hiring process. We hope you will all welcome Jeff and give him a warm Riverdale hello when you see him on campus Monday.


Carrie Spurlock, Chair

Jeff Dominitz, Vice Chair

Joe Prats

Kevin McPherson

Michele Rosenbaum