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Chris Gibbons is the founder and CEO of STRIVE Preparatory Schools, a network of public charter schools transforming Denver by closing historic achievement gaps and preparing low-income students for college success. A STRIVE Prep school has ranked first among all DPS middle schools for academic growth for seven consecutive years. In an effort to expand this success and student access, and backed by the Charter School Growth Fund and major Denver-area funders, STRIVE Prep has embarked on an aggressive expansion plan to grow from eight to 15 schools serving 7,000 K-12 students by 2020. Recently named the Top Thinker in Education by The Denver Post and a Game Changer by 5280 Magazine, Gibbons is a graduate of The Broad Academy and the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship. He served as the co-chair of the Denver Public Schools Collaborative Council, formerly directed Denver Summerbridge (now part of the Breakthrough Collaborative), was a charter school teacher, and is fluent in Spanish. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Yale University and a M.Ed. from Regis University. Chris is happily married to Audra Philippon, also a charter school founder, and they are proudly raising two daughters. He is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.