Karissa Yee Findley has been working in education advocacy, public policy, and non-profit strategy for over a decade. Her early start as a youth activist on the San Francisco Youth Commission and as student delegate to the San Francisco Board of Education led her to dedicate her career towards solutions to close the opportunity gap that many low-income students and students of color face. After interning with the Council of Great City Schools and US. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Karissa taught abroad in Suzhou, China. She has worked as a consultant to use program evaluation data and strategic planning processes to improve organizational effectiveness for the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Kris was a Policy Analyst for former LA Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office of Education, launching a series of collaborative “listening sessions” that brought local education officials and civil rights leaders together. She also served as the Los Angeles Unified School District’s lead representative on statewide human capital policy and spearheaded the district’s successful effort to win a competitive $49 million dollar federal grant. Karissa has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC and a Master of Public Policy from UCLA.