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Kelly Garrett was named executive director of KIPP St. Louis in August of 2011. He came to KIPP St. Louis from The Rainwater Charitable Foundation where he served as executive director from 2009 until 2011. During Garrett's six-year tenure at Rainwater, the Foundation's annual giving grew by a factor of ten, and Garrett helped lead a strategic initiative focusing on school leadership and early childhood education, and guided the Foundation's work based on priorities of Richard Rainwater, Texas investor and Foundation benefactor. Garrett's professional career began as a 1992 Teach For America corps member in Houston. After gaining Texas teaching certification, Garrett co-founded Project Chrysalis Charter Middle School, which quickly became one the highest performing middle schools serving low income students in Texas. Garrett has also founded and managed a high quality early childhood development program and a virtual charter high school that now serves students in seven states around the country. Garrett earned a BA in religious studies with a minor in international studies from Rhodes College and a MBA from Harvard Business School and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellow. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two sons. He is a Fellow of the third class of The Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.