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Audience in Lecture






Chief of Staff


Houston Independent School District


Dr. Kerri Briggs is the chief of staff for Houston ISD, and a seasoned professional with extensive expertise in federal and state government, K-12 education, higher education, and corporate social responsibility. Before joining the HISD team, Kerri was a partner at Cicero Group, where she led projects across industries in the social impact and K-12 sectors – working alongside partners to measure, evaluate, and implement strategies that realize change. Kerri currently serves on the board for the Aged Women's Home of Georgetown. Previously, Kerri was ExxonMobil’s Education Program Officer. In this role, she managed the education grantmaking portfolio for the company and provided policy advice on issues related to teacher quality, STEM education, the Common Core State Standards, and federal policy. Formerly, Kerri was founding Director of Education Reform at the George W. Bush Institute. She also served as state superintendent of education for Washington, D.C. and as an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Earlier in her career, Kerri worked in academic and research fields where she authored articles on reading, charter schools, and school-based management. Kerri earned her MPP and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She currently resides in Houston, TX.

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