About Jill Ortman-Fouse


Montgomery County has been my home for more than 25 years, where my husband and I have raised two children in our public schools. Throughout those years I have seen the critical connections between education, jobs, housing and transportation, how they impact our residents, and worked toward solutions where they intersect.

Serving my community has always been my passion, and I am proud to serve Montgomery County as an At-Large member of the Board of Education. Since I was elected in 2014, I have worked hard to strengthen educational opportunities for all our kids. I collaborate with our educators, families and community partners to meet the needs of our growing and increasingly diverse student body.

I continuously seek to ensure that the voices of our students, families and community members are heard. My goal since the beginning has been to learn as much as I can and work as hard as possible to get the best outcomes for students.

I serve as chair of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee and a member of the Policy Management Committee. I also serve as the Board’s legislative delegate to the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE); chair MABE’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); serve as MABE’s delegate on Maryland State Department of Education’s ESSA Stakeholder Group; and am a member of MABE’s Federal Relations Network Committee. In addition, I’m a member of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction Committee and Montgomery County’s Children Fleeing Violence from Central America Work Group.

I also serve on an advisory committee for the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program. ACES is a collaboration between MCPS, Montgomery College and the Universities of Shady Grove that seeks to create a seamless pathway from high school to college completion for students who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education and those who are the first in their family to attend college.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and have used my communications skills in a variety of positions from hosting and producing documentaries on issues such as homelessness, illiteracy, transportation and the impact of poverty. I co- hosted the highest-rated morning show in Eastern North Carolina focusing on education, the economy and quality of life; and I created communications and development strategies for national organizations. My passion is using communication and collaboration to solve challenges in the community, especially those affecting our most vulnerable residents.

Prior to my election to the Board, I served Montgomery County schools for the previous decade in a variety of roles, including PTA president, delegate for the Montgomery County Council of Parent- Teacher Associations, and member of the Montgomery County Public Schools Parent Advisory Council.

Other leadership roles include serving our community as board member for the Silver Spring YMCA, Gandhi Brigade and Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, and a member of the United Way’s Regional Advisory committee. I am also a proud 2017 graduate of Leadership Montgomery.

I have completed nine marathons and an ironman distance triathlon. I’m ready to go the distance.