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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. Currently, Kriste is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Board of Directors for EdNavigator, a non-partisan communications organization dedicated to building support for student-focused improvements in public education. She also served on the CCSA Advocates Political Council and is a founding co-chair for the National Advisory Board of The Collective, Teach For America's national alumni of color association. 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 Broad fellow and an Aspen Pahara fellow.