Krista has spent her career focusing on education equity issues. She spent three years teaching in Chicago where she worked as a Special Education and Mathematics teacher, and served as both the Department Chair and Grade Level Lead. While in Chicago, she also help found a STEM charter school. She has held fellowships with the Institute for Educational Leadership, New Sector Alliance, Leadership for Educational Equity, and Minneapolis Public Schools.
Frustrated by the lack of teacher and student voice being incorporated into policies that impact them, she left the classroom to make the career change to education policy.
Krista earned her M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, and then moved to Minnesota to work on education policy issues for a nonprofit. Realizing she needed to be a more critical consumer of data and have a more well-rounded understanding of how other policy areas impact education, she decided to go back to graduate school. She is currently working on her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she received the John E. Brandl Public Leadership Fellowship and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Award. She lives in Minneapolis and enjoys running, volunteering with Mile in My Shoes, and teaching rowing classes.