Kanya Balakrishna

Co-Founder and President, The Future Project

Focus Area: U.S. Education

Kanya Balakrishna is the Co-Founder and President of The Future Project, a national initiative to transform schools into places where every young person can discover their passion and purpose and build skills. Launched in 2011, The Future Project recruits, trains, and dispatches transformational leaders into high schools across the country. These leaders partner with teachers and community members to inspire and equip students to build passion-driven Future Projects in order to transform schools from the inside out. The Future Project has launched in more than 50 schools across seven major American cities, served more than 30,000 students, and raised $22 million in seed funding from prominent businesses, leaders, and philanthropists. Kanya previously taught and coached students in Memphis, Tennessee, and New Haven, Connecticut. Kanya graduated from Yale, where she studied anthropology and served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She launched The Future Project after working as the chief speechwriter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Kanya has been recognized by DRK Foundation, MAKERS, Glamour, and Generation Progress.

Launched in 2011, The Future Project recruits, trains, and dispatches transformational leaders into high schools across the country. These leaders partner with teachers and community members to inspire and equip students to transform their schools from the inside out by building passion-driven projects that change the world around them. In four years, The Future Project has launched in more than 50 schools across seven major American cities, serving more than 30,000 students.

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