Chris Sturgis is principal of LearningEdge, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, specializing in modernizing schools including competency-based education. Chris brings together knowledge about education, youth issues, equity strategies, workforce development and community engagement. Chris’s approach begins with drawing on local knowledge (metis) early in the design process. Chris is recognized for her leadership in competency-based education as a co-founder of CompetencyWorks and recipient of the iNACOL Innovator Award. She is a prolific writer on competency-based education based on visits to schools and interviews with leaders in the field. Chris' previous experience was in philanthropy including the Omidyar Network and the Mott Foundation. Chris was a co-founder of the Youth Transition Funders Group, a philanthropic network. She has also worked in state government, human service organizations, and political campaigns. Chris earned a masters in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. When not working, Chris will be found reading, traveling the world or planning the next trip.