Jill’s passion is using communication to bring people together to solve challenges in the community, especially those affecting our most vulnerable residents. In 2018, she completed a four-year term as a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, during which she chaired the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee; was a member of the Policy Management and Special Populations Committees; and chaired and served on numerous committees as the Board’s legislative delegate to the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). She was a member of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction Committee, a work group formed to address the school to prison pipeline; and Montgomery County’s Children Fleeing Violence from Central America work group. Prior to her election to the Board, Jill served Montgomery County schools in a variety of roles, including PTA president, delegate for the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA), and member of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Parent Advisory Council. Since 2010, Ms. Ortman-Fouse has provided leadership coaching, team building, strategic planning and facilitation services with her business, T.E.A.M. Consulting, to nonprofits and businesses throughout the region. A 2017 graduate of Leadership Montgomery, Jill enjoys endurance sports and has completed ten marathons and an ironman distance triathlon. She and her husband are parents of two MCPS graduates who now attend University of Maryland Baltimore County and University of Maryland College Park.