This name had sounded familiar to me but I have never met Ms. Berge.
Seattle Public School Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer JoLynn Berge
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) hired JoLynn Berge as the district’s
Chief Financial Officer. Berge brings extensive experience to the
district and will begin her new role on June 15, filling the position
vacated by Kenneth Gotsch.
“We are pleased to announce
this appointment and welcome JoLynn to the district. We look forward to
her financial leadership and we are excited about the wide breadth of
experience she brings to this role,” said Deputy Superintendent, Stephen
As the Chief Financial Officer, Berge will
provide leadership and expertise in financial management and in the
business and finance operations of the district. She will be responsible
for ensuring an effective management and budget system is in place to
support schools. Reporting directly to the superintendent, Berge will
oversee the department of finance (Budget, Payroll, Grants, Accounting,
Purchasing, Contracts) and audit response. Additionally, she will
provide leadership for financial matters related to Human Resources
(Employee/Labor Relations, Compensation and Benefits, Substitute
Services, Employment, Employee Assistance Program, Leadership
Development and the Teacher Incentive Fund).
Berge has an
impressive leadership background in finance and the public sector. She
comes to Seattle Public Schools from the Office of Superintendent of
Public Instruction where she served in numerous different financial
leadership roles during her tenure but most recently as the Chief
Financial Officer and Assistant Superintendent.
she was an Assistant Audit Manager/School Specialist and Assistant
State Auditor/Assistant Audit Manager for the Washington State Auditor’s
Office and Comptroller for Grays Harbor Public Development Authority.
has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an
Accounting Concentration from Longwood University. In addition, Berge
serves as the Board President for the Association of Education Finance
and Policy and was a Washington Association of School Business Officials
Award of Merit recipient.