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Kelly Young

Education Reimagined

Kelly Young is the Executive Director of Education Reimagined, an initiative of Convergence, committed to accelerating the growth and impact of the learner-centered education movement. Education Reimagined was launched out of an 18-month Convergence dialogue that she led among 28 ideologically diverse education practitioners and leaders to reimagine education. Kelly is also senior vice president of Convergence and one of the founding vice presidents.

Previously, she served as the Interim Chief of the Office of Family and Public Engagement for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), where she helped implement home visits and other high-impact family engagement strategies. During her tenure, she led DCPS’s strategic planning process that engaged thousands of students, teachers, parents, and community members in a Hopes and Dreams campaign that ended in a 5-year district-wide plan. 

From 1998-2007, Kelly served as the Executive Director of a national political organization. Under her leadership, the organization thrived and grew to be one of the largest political action committees in the country—helping elect over a hundred of candidates nationwide.

She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, DC. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

You can contact Kelly via email at and learn more about Education Reimagined at

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Events featuring Kelly Young

Events featuring Kelly Young