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President and CEO of the Wayfinder Foundation, anti-poverty advocate
Chris Stewart is President and CEO of the Wayfinder Foundation, a nonprofit that invests in
grassroots anti-poverty and education activism.
Prior to that, he built relationships in urban communities as Director of External Affairs at
Education Post, a public education advocacy nonprofit. And prior to that, Stewart was the founding
Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), a cross-sector network of
Black leaders working to develop and implement an urban policy agenda across five northwest
In 2007, Chris Stewart was elected to the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education. In that role, he helped establish the Office of New Schools, an area of the Minneapolis Public Schools to
implement school reform strategies. At the same time, he created the Equity and Achievement
Committee; authored a board-level “Covenant with the African American Community”; and
advocated safe, orderly, and rigorous schools that prepare students for the real world.
Chris blogs and tweets under the name Citizen Stewart and publishes at Citizen Ed. He is based
in the Minneapolis area.