homeless and foster youth champion
Kari Croft’s experiences growing up in South Carolina shaped her love for learning and solidified her belief that education is the key to a more equitable society. Today she is the founder and principal of RISE High School in Los Angeles, a school designed to better meet the unique needs of homeless, foster youth and other students with diverse learning requirements.
Upon graduation with a BA in English Literature, she taught high school English on both coasts before returning to school to receive her Masters in Educational Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Once back in Los Angeles, she formed a school design team and in 2015 led them to win one of ten slots in the XQ: Super School Grant Project launched by Laurene Powell Jobs and Russlynn Ali. After years of planning, hiring and fundraising, RISE High School launches in the Fall of 2017 with thirty excited students.