“North State Together” – North State Collective Impact Partnership

“North State Together” is a regional collective partnership funded by a $2.5 million grant awarded by the McConnell Foundation.  The grant will help create a “Cradle to Career” partnership in the North State where leaders from education, business, philanthropic, nonprofit, civic, and faith communities join together to improve education success for every child through a data-driven, collective impact approach. The goal will be to increase educational options at all levels with ultimate impacts on overall economic and community health.

This grant will allow us to build on the great work of Reach Higher Shasta and Expect More Tehama. It will also assist Trinity, Siskiyou and Modoc counties in establishing their own local Cradle to Career collective impact initiatives. This grant will be administered by Kevin O’Rorke, Kate Mahar and Sharon Strazzo.


Advisory Board Members

  • Bettina Blackwell, Trinity County
  • Hope Seth, Reach Higher Shasta
  • Jim Cloney, Reach Higher Shasta
  • Kate Grissom, Expect More Tehama
  • Kate Mahar, North State Together
  • Kathy Garcia, Expect More Tehama
  • Kevin O’Rorke, North State Together
  • Kelly Salter, McConnell Foundation
  • Kermith Walters, Siskiyou County
  • Lianne Richelieu-Boren, College Options
  • Martie Hagarty, Siskiyou County
  • Modoc County Representative
  • Nancy de Halas, Shasta College Foundation
  • Sarah Supahan, Trinity County
  • Sharon Strazzo, North State Together

County Committees

  • Reach Higher Shasta:
    • Shasta College
    • College Options
    • First 5 Shasta
    • Shasta County Office of Education
    • Shasta County Health and Human Services
    • Shasta Union High School District
    • Redding Chamber of Commerce
    • Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County
    • Redding Elementary School District
  • Expect More Tehama:
    • Job Training Center
    • Dignity Health
    • Los Molinos High
    • California Gear Up
    • Tehama County Board of Education
    • Tehama County Mentoring
    • Tehama County After-School Program (SERRF)
    • Rolling Hills Casino
    • Lassen Community College
    • West Ed
    • Future Development Group
  • Modoc
  • Trinity
  • Siskiyou