Kirsten Grimm is an Executive Leadership Coach at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), where she coaches district and site administrators on becoming system-thinking, adaptive leaders with a focus on equitable access, opportunities and results for all students. In addition, she designs and facilitates professional learning on equity and continuous improvement in two counties through a statewide grant, the California Equity Performance and Improvement Program: Improving the Educational Equity for African-Americans and English Learners.
Prior to this role, Kirsten served as the Director of Growth for a CMO in the Bay Area. She developed and implemented a strategic growth plan for school expansion. This included: grant-writing, facilities, charter petitions and approvals, student recruitment, coaching Year 0 principals, and designing an innovative academic model incorporating personalized, project-based learning and performance-based assessments. She was able to secure over $1M in start-up grants for the CMO's first middle school.