As a partner in KP Catalysts, I work with leaders in school districts, governmental departments, community collaboratives, and non-governmental organizations nationwide. My portfolio of projects focuses on helping leaders tackle real-world complexities by developing lenses and decision-making frameworks for the whole child and whole community that are youth-centered, science-informed, and equity-focused.
I am a nationally recognized master facilitator who supports catalytic leaders in taking a youth-centered, big picture approach to planning and action. Working at the national, state, and local level, I focus on creating and supporting collaborative tables for cross-systems planning and action.
I work with leaders in school districts, governmental departments, community collaboratives, and non-governmental organizations nationwide, helping them tackle real-world complexities by developing lenses and decision-making frameworks that are “whole child / whole community” – youth-centered, science-informed, and equity-focused. Countless communities and initiatives across the country credit have shared with me that I have been instrumental in their work to build cross-sector collaboratives that engage young people and communities in action-oriented, asset-based solutions.
I began my career as a classroom teacher in Central America and in urban schools in the United States. Exploring the intersection of school, family and community supports, I worked at Stanford University on a five-year study of community-based urban youth organizations, and co-authored Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner-City Youth.
At the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, I directed a multi-site study on school collaboration with youth organizations. This was where I first began working with long-time creative and strategic partner, Karen Pittman, who I then joined in starting the President’s Crime Prevention Council, chaired by Vice President Al Gore. At the International Youth Foundation, I led the facilitation of the foundation’s Global Partner Network and worked with Karen to develop a U.S. strategy that would eventually give rise to the Forum for Youth Investment.
Karen and I co-founded the Forum for Youth Investment in 1998. Throughout the Forum’s history, I played multiple programmatic and operational roles most recently leading the Forum’s Big Picture Approach Training & Consulting. I launched Big Picture Approach Training & Consulting to connect national thought leadership with on the-ground coaching, training and consulting. From 2019 to 2021, I served as the managing director of the Readiness Projects, created and coordinated by the Forum, the National Urban League, and the American Institutes for Research to engage national and local leaders in efforts to dramatically changing the odds for youth by committing to upend inequities, embrace science-informed strategies, and accelerate progress.
I received my master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A notable public speaker and author, I also serve on a number of boards and advisory committees.