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KD, Co-Founder | Executive Director

KD’s career began as a higher education administrator at the University of Southern California (USC) where she served for 15 years, and where she also completed her B.A. in International Relations and Political Science, and graduate coursework in Educational Policy and Administration. As an education administrator, KD worked in the areas of student affairs/support services, student financial operations, grant
administration, advancement, graduate admissions, and research center management. KD completed additional Master’s degree study, graduating Summa Cum Laude with an M.A. degree in Media and Communications Psychology.

For almost two decades, KD has also offered consulting services in the corporate sector, in the areas of organizational learning and development, leadership, and talent management. Her more notable clients have included The Walt Disney Company, Sony Corporation, and News Corporation. In the social change and education sectors, KD has consulted in areas, to include: educator training and
development, academic enrichment, program design, educational research, the integration of new media technologies to improve teacher effectiveness and learning outcomes, and program design to improve outcomes for underrepresented and special needs learners.

KD’s work, interests, and passions occur at the intersection of education (particularly learning and cognitive science), business (specifically organizational development, leadership, and learning), and media psychology (new media technologies, disruptive innovation, and the learning sciences). KD is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Educational Leadership.

Her husband Kevin of 37 years, her daughter Erin (Pitzer ‘18, B.A., Environmental Analysis: Sustainability and the Built Environment, Claremont Graduate University ’19, M.A., Community-Engaged Education and Social Change), her son Aidan (University of Southern California  ’20, Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation), and her pup Napoleon Wolf are her EVERYTHING.  Her husband and children are individuals who are neurodiverse.