Veteran Communicator Named New Director of Community Engagement and Outreach

January 9, 2015 03:10 PM

The High School District 214 Board of Education has named Patrick Mogge the new Director of Community Engagement and Outreach. 
Mogge, currently Director of School and Community Relations for School District U-46 in Elgin, will lead a team focused on engaging key audiences in the mission of the District locally, increasing the profile of the District nationally and building a Foundation that supports innovation and lifelong learning District-wide. The role will later expand to include overseeing Community Education programming, which serves more than 50,000 community members annually as one of the nation’s most robust programs of its kind.
He starts his new role February 2.
"We’re confident Patrick’s expertise in education communications and extensive experience and connections in public policy will help us enhance the dialogue on public education, build new and stronger partnerships throughout our communities and work together with our local stakeholders as we strive to deliver relevant education that prepares our students for their future," Superintendent Dr. David Schuler said. "We look forward to his leadership executing the Department’s three-year strategic plan and forging even more opportunities for purposeful community engagement." 
Mogge, a graduate of neighboring District 211, began his career as a Dunn Fellow and education policy advisor in the Office of the Governor of Illinois and Illinois Board of Higher Education before becoming regional coordinator of the Illinois Learning Partnership and a Board Services Executive in the Office of the State Superintendent. He spent seven years as a campaign manager, coaching various candidates in their runs for office, cultivating relationships with local, state and federal elected officials and raising more than $8 million by guiding fundraising teams. Since 2012, he has directed U-46 communications, leading family and community engagement activities; overseeing parent leadership institutes; serving as a media and crisis spokesperson; heading up an annual event that allowed community members to experience the schools through the eyes of principals; serving as the staff liaison to the U-46 Educational Foundation and overseeing competitive grant writing; launching a graduate success video initiative; and maintaining contact with federal and state officials to discuss issues impacting the district, including pending legislation. 
"I look forward to working with the teachers and staff to help share the positive moments that occur each day within our schools," Mogge said. "We have an amazing opportunity to create new possibilities for community members to get engaged with our district and further support the tremendous work our educators and students are doing."
Mogge holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in English Education with a Spanish minor from Illinois State University.

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