Stephanie Malia Krauss is director of special projects at JFF. She develops, shapes, funds, and manages cross-team and cross-strategy projects that further JFF’s ability to best serve its target populations, ensuring their education and economic advancement.
Previously, Stephanie served as a senior fellow with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, the Forum for Youth Investment and JFF. As a senior fellow, she took on various national- and state-level initiatives focusing on postsecondary credentialing, competency-based education, youth readiness, and opportunity youth. She has served as campaign director of Connecting Credentials and co-director of The Readiness Project.
In addition, Stephanie founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Shearwater Education Foundation, where she successfully pushed for state policy change and the cultivation of partnerships to enable competency-based education and flexible learning opportunities for St. Louis City's disconnected youth, including those in foster care, coming out of the justice system, or experiencing homelessness.
One of the youngest-ever recruits to Teach For America, Stephanie began her career as a fifth-grade teacher, at age 18, servicing a mostly Latino migrant community in Phoenix, Arizona. While teaching, she spent her summers training teachers in rural and impoverished communities in East Africa.
Stephanie has been a guest commentator on PBS NewsHour, StoryCorps, and public radio. She holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University and a master's degree in social and economic development of youth from Washington University–St. Louis.