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Kristen J. Molyneaux

Senior Program Officer, 100&Change

Kristen joined the Foundation in 2013 as a Program Officer in the Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries program where she oversaw the strategic trajectory of the GSE portfolio. This work included global engagement activities focused on strengthening the policy and evidence base for secondary education. During this time, she also played a critical leadership role in forming the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) donor collaborative which has granted over $50 million dollars to global educational programs to date.

During her tenure at the Foundation, she has served on several external committees including the Comparative International Education Society Publications Committee, the MSI and R4D Scaling-Up Community of Practice Steering Committee, and the PSIPSE donor collaborative Executive Committee.

Before joining the Foundation, Kristen was a Program Officer at the Firelight Foundation where she led the organization's $3 million education portfolio focused on supporting community based organizations in sub-Saharan Africa to improve educational programming for vulnerable populations. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. During this time, she taught graduate courses on international education development, gender, and education policy, while also publishing scholarly articles on the importance of role models for young women interested in pursuing STEM related careers.

Kristen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in both Uganda and Cape Verde. In both countries, she worked extensively with primary and pre-primary teacher training programs focused on improving the quality of teacher methodology and school culture within resource-poor school environments.

Kristen obtained her bachelor's degree in Science Education from SUNY Oswego and her master's degree in Socio-cultural International Development Education Studies from Florida State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies—Comparative International Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, she received the Comparative International Education Society's Gail P. Kelly Award for Outstanding Dissertation in 2012.

Kristen J. Molyneaux works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:


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