“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 is focused on creating 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 is to increase educational options at all levels with ultimate impacts on overall economic and community health.

This grant builds on the great work of Reach Higher Shasta and Expect More Tehama, while assisting Trinity, Siskiyou and Modoc counties in establishing their own local Cradle to Career collective impact initiatives. This grant is administered by Kevin O’Rorke, Kate Mahar and Sharon Strazzo.


Advisory Board Members

  • Samantha Chilcote, Trinity Together
  • Teckla Johnson, Trinity Together
  • Hope Seth, Reach Higher Shasta
  • Donnell Ewert, Reach Higher Shasta
  • Kate Grissom, Expect More Tehama
  • Kathy Garcia, Expect More Tehama
  • Kermith Walters, Siskiyou County
  • Allan Carver, Siskiyou County
  • Marian Hall, Advancing Modoc Youth
  • Samantha Clay, Advancing Modoc Youth
  • Kelly Salter, McConnell Foundation
  • Lianne Richelieu-Boren, College Options
  • Jason Schwenkler, Chico State University
  • Nancy de Halas, Shasta College Foundation
  • Kevin O’Rorke, North State Together
  • Kate Mahar, North State Together
  • 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
  • Advancing Modoc Youth
  • Trinity Together:  a Cradle to Career Partnership
  • Siskiyou