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Audience in Lecture






Independent consultant




Kristi Kimball is an independent consultant working with nonprofits, for profits, local governments and funders on policy issues to address climate change and k12 education. Kristi served as executive director of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation from 2012 through 2021. In this role she focused on improving the quality of K-12 education in California and nationwide, with emphasis on charter schools, teacher and principal preparation, and parent information and engagement. The foundation also supports human services organizations that provide direct services throughout the Bay Area to help people climb out of poverty. Previously, at the Hewlett Foundation, Kristi developed a portfolio of grants to exemplary “deeper learning” schools across the country and another portfolio focused on policy advocacy, research, and communications that contributed to the landmark school finance reform in California known as the Local Control Funding Formula. Earlier, Kristi worked as a consultant to a number of foundations and non-profits, in the US Department of Education, in the Education Policy Research Center at the Urban Institute, and in the Education Office of the US Senate H.E.L.P. Committee. She has served on a number of non-profit boards including: Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Dartmouth Center for Social Innovation, Boys & Girls Club of Bend Oregon, Transportation for a Livable City, Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition, Grantmakers for Education, Envision Education, Ross Valley Charter School, California Charter Schools Association, and she was a participant and member of the California Collaborative on District Reform for a number of years. Kristi holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University.

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