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Kriste Dragon is the CEO and Co-Founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools, a national network of public charter schools that challenge students to realize their full potential and thrive in a diverse society. Citizens of the World is committed to serving diverse communities throughout the U.S. with schools currently in Los Angeles, New York, and Kansas City. Kriste began her work in education as a middle school mathematics teacher in South Los Angeles. She later served as Executive Director for Teach For America Los Angeles and Vice President of Regional Operations for Teach For America’s western regions. She has led professional development at UCLA’s Center X, and has chaired several charter school boards throughout Los Angeles. Kriste currently serves as the founding co-chair for the National Advisory Board of The Collective, Teach For America's national alumni of color association. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Board of Directors for EdNavigator. Kriste has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Alabama. She is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Pahara Aspen Education Fellowship.