Portsha Franklin-Gordon

First Lady

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Portsha Franklin-Gordon, originally from Mississippi, completed her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Florida. She received her Master's Degrees at Belhaven University in Public Administration and at Boston University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus in Higher Education Administration.

At Bethune-Cookman University, Franklin-Gordon was awarded the 4-year Presidential Scholarship and graduated as the School of Business Student of the Year. She was also recognized as the 2012 Greek Woman of the Year for her work in the Gamma Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and was a 2011 Leadership Fellow within the Sorority. In 2017, the University recognized her outstanding work as an alumnae and she was awarded as a 2017 "40 under 40" recipient. 

Portsha started her professional career in the DMV area (DC-Maryland-Virginia) managing a multi-million dollar portfolio of federal grants for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She has also worked at a private contracting information technology firm called Dovel Technologies. As a Business Analyst she used her knowledge in grants management and skill set in one-to-one and group trainings to develop innovative content for grants managers and provide in-person and web-based trainings.

Franklin-Gordon started at Boston University's School of Education in the Graduate Admissions Office while simultaneously completing her degree in Higher Education Administration. Portsha led event planning for the Schools' admission recruitment fairs and accepted students events.

After working with graduate students, Franklin-Gordon decided to transition to working with students who were most in need and at risk of not enrolling in college. She now serves as a College Success Coach at the West End House Boys and Girls Club with the Success Boston initiative. This initiative, funded by The Boston Foundation, provides college access and persistence services to Boston Public School students. Currently,  Portsha is serving in her third year at West End House. In addition to her role as Success Coach, Portsha manages the program's annual scholarship fund and summer internship program. She is also a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Boston Pearl Foundation. These organizations work in tandem to offer over $15,000 in annual scholarship funds for high achieving students of color. In 2017.  Franklin-Gordon was recognized as a finalist for the City of Boston's Young Millennial Council's Impact Awards.

With a background in public administration and higher education, Portsha uses her skill set to motivate students, help them realize their full potential, enhance their understanding of the world, and create quality citizens who are well-rounded and seek to give back to their Boston communities. Portsha enjoys traveling in New England, college football (Roll Tide!), and visiting different restaurants in Boston with her husband, Rev. Art Gordon.