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Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar

Global Shaper, Chicago Hub, 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, regardless of race, place or circumstance. 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 movement 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 13.7 million children across the United States. Volunteers with Chicago-based non-profits. Expertise: educational equity, leadership development, youth policy, asset-based community development, civic engagement, economic mobility, results accountability, facilitation, and collective impact.

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