Kriste Dragon
CEO and Co-founder


  • Character education
  • Charter schools
  • Child development
  • Civil rights
  • Cognition and brain development
  • Community involvement
  • Peer relationships
  • Race and diversity
  • Social networks
  • Student-centered education

Kriste Dragon is the CEO and co-founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools, a national network of public charter schools that challenge students to realize their full potential and thrive in a diverse society. Citizens of the World is committed to serving diverse communities throughout the U.S., with schools currently in Los Angeles, New York and Kansas City. Dragon serves on the advisory board for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the CCSA Advocates Political Council, as well as on the board of directors for EdNavigator. Dragon began her work in education as a middle-school mathematics teacher in south Los Angeles. She later served as the executive director of Teach For America Los Angeles and the vice president of regional operations for Teach For America’s western regions. She has chaired several charter school boards throughout Los Angeles. Dragon has a law degree from the University of Georgia. She is a Broad fellow and an Aspen Pahara fellow.