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Chris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Brightbeam, a media project of the Results in Education (RIE) Foundation. Chris's past roles as chief executive officer for the Wayfinder Foundation, executive director of the African American Leadership Forum, and a publicly elected member of the Minneapolis Board of Education were the result of years of activism in education and social policy. For a decade prior to entering philanthropy and public policy he worked directly with families in poverty through public and private organizations. The Bush Foundation named Chris a 2014 leadership fellow. In 2011, Chris organized community members for two campaigns in Minnesota: Action For Equity, a grassroots effort to inspire innovation in family and education policy at the state level, and the Contract for Student Achievement, a coalition of community organizations working to achieve greater flexibility for underperforming schools through changes to Minneapolis' teachers' contract. Chris serves on the boards of Ed Navigator, GreatSchools, and Parents Radically Organized. Chris blogs and tweets under the name Citizen Stewart and publishes at Citizenstewart.com. He is based in outstate Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the 24th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.