Keith Calix is pursuing an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Keith’s upbringing and social sector experience fuel his passion for transforming economic and educational opportunities in underrepresented communities. After earning his undergraduate degree in international relations with honors from Stanford University, Keith furthered his understanding of policies that can improve learning outcomes for all children at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. At Casey, he assisted in the strategic management of the national Kids Count program and co-led the grantee selection process in Missouri and Puerto Rico.
As a Program Manager and Chief of Staff at the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, Keith designed philanthropy education materials and managed grantmaking to strengthen inclusivity and opportunity for underrepresented populations in the technology sector. Keith continued his career in mission-driven work as a teacher and teacher leader at E.L. Haynes High School in Washington, DC. At Haynes, he spearheaded his team’s family engagement for Spanish-speaking families and pandemic relief response efforts. In 2021, he was selected as a mayoral appointee to the inaugural DC Education Research Collaborative, where he partnered with education leaders to inform DC’s education agenda and improve learning outcomes for the city’s most vulnerable students.
In addition to being a Samvid Scholar, Keith is a U.S. Latino Leadership Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. He is eager to develop a new modus operandi for educational investment that advances the learning and life outcomes of underserved youth and families.