As a first generation college graduate, Christina Grant recognizes that education is the key to success and social mobility. Christina got her start in education as a public school teacher in Harlem, New York. Teaching served as the foundation for her lifelong passion and career in education. Having served in varying roles in education, she remains committed to educational equity and access for all students – particularly those from marginalized communities. Christina is the past Superintendent of the Great Oaks Foundation, a charter management organization that launches schools in communities of high need. In this role, Christina supported and coached principals, managed professional development, monitored performance evaluations, and launched schools in New York, Connecticut and Delaware. Currently, Christina proudly serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Opportunity for The School District of Philadelphia. Believing the road to educational excellence rests in exploring non-traditional academic settings, she supports schools that test the limits of school design and instruction. Christina holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the Teachers College of Columbia University, and also holds degrees from Fordham University and Hofstra University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education, studying Organizational Leadership, at The University of Pennsylvania. Committed to service in the community, Christina is an active member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and The Links, Incorporated. Her personal philosophy is that Education is the bright light of hope that shines into the lives of young people with rays of transformation, empowerment, and freedom.