Christine DeLeonFounder and CEO Moonshot edVentures, Denver, CO, B.B.A., University of Michigan, Ed.L.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education
    There is a persistent and growing opportunity gap between students of color and their white peers within Metro Denver, and—though 75percent of DPS students are children of color—most teachers and school leaders identify as white. Further, most of Denver’s ed reform efforts fall within a narrow framework of “comprehensive” or “college prep” models which are not effectively meeting the diverse needs of students of color. Moonshot edVentures surfaces and supports underrepresented and underestimated local leaders to design, or redesign, new learning environments of tomorrow in Metro Denver via its School Launcher Fellowship, a cohort-based program that combines leadership development, school design, and pathways to launch that results in more diversified school leadership and a wider variety of high-quality school options for families.
    Christine DeLeon, Moonshot’s Founder and CEO, began her career at the Boston Consulting Group and later supported school leadership preparation programs at The Broad Foundation. In 2010, she founded the Analyst Fellowship for Education Pioneers, its first year-long fellowship. Christine has also spearheaded efforts for districts, charter networks, and nonprofits to develop and support innovative new school models. She possesses experience in cultivating entrepreneurs as a Harvard Innovation Lab Fellow and is a trained facilitator of Intergroup Dialogues, structured to explore social group identity, conflict, community, and social justice.