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Audience in Lecture






Deputy Director US Charters


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Chris Gibbons is the founder and CEO of STRIVE Preparatory Schools (, a network of public charter schools transforming Denver by closing historic achievement gaps and preparing low-income students for college success. A STRIVE Prep school ranked 1st among all DPS middle schools for academic growth for seven consecutive years. Centering around core beliefs of Achievement, Justice, and Perseverance, STRIVE Prep works with Denver’s highest-needs students, meets them where they are, and empowers them to succeed through college and career.

Named the Top Thinker in Education by The Denver Post and a Game Changer by 5280 Magazine, Chris is a graduate of the Broad Academy, the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, and the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. He served as the Co-Chair of the Denver Public Schools Collaborative Council, formerly directed Denver Summerbridge (now part of the Breakthrough Collaborative), was a charter school teacher, and is fluent in Spanish. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Yale University and a M.Ed. from Regis University.

Chris is happily married to Audra Philippon, also a charter school founder, and they are proudly raising two daughters.

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