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Kanya Balakrishna

President, The Future Project

Expertise: Social Entrepreneurship and Social ImagineeringTransforming education by empowering young people; National and global movements


I am the co-founder and president of The Future Project, a national movement calling on young Americans to create the future of their dreams. Launched in 2011, The Future Project dispatches Dream Directors into high schools across four cities who then challenge students and staff to channel their passions and build Future Projects that transform their schools and their world. I am a Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneur, and a Yale graduate, who studied anthropology and served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News, then served as the chief speechwriter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg.