Kerrien Suarez

Kerrien is director of Equity in the Center, a field-wide initiative to influence social sector leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to achieve race equity. A project of ProInspire, EiC envisions a future where nonprofit and philanthropic organizations advance race equity internally while centering it in their work externally. An Advisory Committee of 120+ cross-sector leaders and equity practitioners informed research outlined in EiC’s recently published Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, which details management and operational levers that organizations utilize to shift towards race equity. A management consultant with 20 years of experience, Kerrien’s focus on diversity, inclusion and equity developed through support of leaders/social entrepreneurs of color in education reform, early childhood education policy and social impact. She has also supported leadership teams working to define, sustain and scale school and community-based solutions that drive educational equity for Black and brown children nationwide. Kerrien’s prior experience in education and youth development focused on taking innovative school and community-based program models to scale regionally and nationally, supporting implementation of a $15M EdisonLearning pilot, securing national accreditation for a Communities In Schools affiliate, and leading consulting engagements for The First Tee and AARP ExperienceCorps. She is a graduate of Harvard College and London School of Economics.

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