Director Knowles was elected to the Portland Public Schools Board in 2009. She earned her law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and her B.S. from Oregon State University.
Director Knowles is currently employed by Oregon State University. Previously, she served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for the Portland Business Alliance, as the Development and Marketing Director at Portland Center Stage, and was a partner in the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine where she represented school districts. Prior to law school, Director Knowles was a high school social studies and photography teacher.
In addition to her service to PPS, Director Knowles' volunteer activities have included serving on the Board of Directors of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, Nike School Innovation Fund, Oregon State Alumni Association, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Oregon Women Lawyers, State of Oregon Commission on Childcare and Childcare Development Services. She was the President of the Buckman Arts Magnet Elementary School PTA and a founding parent of daVinci Arts Magnet Middle School.
Director Knowles resides in NE Portland with her husband, David. She has three sons, all of whom were educated in Portland Public Schools.