Seth Prickett – Board Chair and Founder
Real Estate Agent, Mahonia Team at MORE Realty, Portland, Oregon
“Kids won’t have an education without us. We focus on building primary schools to build a foundation, ‘framework,’ for their lives.”
In January of 2004, Seth was part of a team of students from Linfield College that embarked on a month-long educational trip on national history in Ghana, which quickly became a lesson in humanitarian need. The students were catalyzed by two observations: the strength of the US dollar and children enthusiastic for an education. While there, the team was introduced to a school: it consisted of rickety canopy structure with a patchy roof and no place for children to study. Not long after their visit, storms completely destroyed the school leaving the children with no place to learn.
Upon the teams return home, and with the generous aid of Linfield's student body, where Seth served as student body president, the initial “Framework” team members raised the funds to construct a new six classroom school. This school, the Amonfro Primary School, still stands today and has served thousands of students in Amonfro, Ghana, motivated to learn since 2007.
Seth, a fifth generation Oregonian, grew up on a small farm outside of Hillsboro and spent most of his summers hiking and camping in the great outdoors. In addition to volunteering his time as Framework International’s Founder and Board Chair since 2009, Seth serves on the board of Oregon Wild and the Multnomah Committee of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. He is a licensed real estate agent based in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his successful career in real estate, Seth was active in state politics as a legislative adviser and campaign consultant. He attended the National League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Institute and Linfield College, where he graduated with a BA in Political Science.
Ramsay Weit – Board Member
“Hard to describe the difference it makes to kids to transform a room with no walls and small tables into multiple classrooms with solid concrete walls, desks, and a real teaching environment. The look on the faces of the kids says it all.”
Ramsay was one of the first board members at Framework in 2010, and helped build its first school in Small London (near Accra) that November during a board visit to the village, combining pickaxe trenching with an occasional refreshment in 90-degree heat. That was the gateway to Framework’s continued delivery of safe and stable schools for local villages.
Ramsay has been committed to public service since his days as a Vista Volunteer, helping to establish an urban Indian Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, followed by 12 years as a Legal Aid lawyer representing low-income clients. As more of the class action and other litigation focused on policy change, he transitioned to spend 12 years working for local elected officials in Portland and Multnomah County, serving as Chief of Staff to a City Commissioner and overseeing the establishment of the non-profit community development sector. In subsequent years, he founded and later served for 13 years as Executive Director of the Community Housing Fund, a non-profit housing trust fund in Washington County. He retired three years ago, but continues to serve on several non-profit and governmental boards. He continues to seek opportunities to influence efforts to connect housing to health care, identify new sources of funding to expand the supply of affordable homes, and find time to spend with his two grandsons and travel the world.
Joel Fischer – Board Member
Real Estate Agent, Mahonia Team at MORE
Ambassador of Happiness and East Fork Cultivars
Personal Finance Consultant
“Education is the most powerful tool we have.”
Joel spent 12 years working in Oregon politics with a focus on education, environment and economic development policy. He has worked to bring those core focuses to life in meaningful ways beyond politics by nurturing organizations like Framework International that make those goals a reality. Joel partnered with Framework Founder Seth Pricket to create jobs in Ghana through direct investment in the organic cocoa and pig industries. Raised in Oregon, he loves everything this state has to offer, but has also lived in Taiwan where he taught English and learned to speak Chinese. He is co-founder of East Fork Cultivars, Oregon's premier CBD focused cannabis and Organic hemp company. He is also a personal finance consultant and a licensed Real Estate agent with a focus on first time home buyers and investors.
Jonathan Ellis – Board Member
Loan Officer, Advantage Mortgage, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Jonathan was born in Eugene and raised in Beaverton – a true Oregonian! Both his parents were lifelong six-grade school teachers; who demonstrated the value of an education and the importance of a strong work ethic to Oregon’s youth. He has visited numerous countries, seeing firsthand how impactful an education can be in places like Brazil and Spain. Jonathan is a licensed mortgage loan officer and has partnered with Seth in helping numerous homebuyers to make the financial dream of home ownership a reality. He attended the University of Arizona and Portland State University, graduating with a BA in Economics and Spanish.
Aline Blumenauer – Board Member