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Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar

Director, Network Learning, StriveTogether

BA in American Studies, Northwestern University; Master’s in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. Facilitates large-scale social change in communities to advance better and more equitable opportunities in education and economic mobility. Dedicated to catalysing a future of learning where all residents and all institutions contribute to supporting the success of every child, cradle to career. Formerly, shaped the City of Chicago’s education and youth policies under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, managing a new $36 million commitment to early learning and launching a connected learning initiative to strengthen summer and out-of-school enrichment opportunities. Currently with StriveTogether, a national non-profit working to create stronger systems for better outcomes, as an advanced Results Count leadership practitioner coaching cross-sector leaders to use data and engage community to change every day behaviours and practices and dismantle structural barriers to opportunity for 8.2 million children across the United States. Member of the Executive Board, Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Network. Volunteers with Chicago-based non-profits. Expertise: educational equity, leadership development, youth policy, asset-based community development, civic engagement, results accountability, facilitation, and collective impact.