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Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Director of CIRCLE

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Director of CIRCLE
Role

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the Newhouse Director of CIRCLE. She oversees CIRCLE’s wide-ranging portfolio of research and impact projects with its diverse partners and for audience groups. Kei has a background in Community Psychology and Social-Emotional Learning, which she applies to various projects at CIRCLE. Before coming to CIRCLE, Kei worked with young people and families at a public high school, and at an emergency room and community health center as a therapist in training. Working with people who faced numerous structural challenges made her want to work with systems that created those challenges in the first place, which attracted her to CIRCLE.

As a leading voice in the youth civic engagement field, Kei is frequently featured in major outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, C-SPAN, Channel 1, and NBC. Kei is a recipient of the Jobs for The Future Distinguished Fellowship for Student-Centered Learning (2016-2018),  and serves on the National Board of Generation Citizen, Democracy Works.  Most recently, she played a major role in development of the Our Common Purpose, a commission-report from the AAA&S, and the Educating for American Democracy initiative.  She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, with an emphasis on positive youth development and community psychology. Learn more

Education
Ph.D. — Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2008
M.A. — Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2004
B.A. — Psycholoy, Knox College, 2001
Professional Experience
2013-2015:
Deputy Director, CIRCLE
2008-2013:
Lead Researcher, CIRCLE
2007-2008:
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Knox College
Service Memberships
National Board Member, Generation Citizen
National Board Member, Democracy Works
Advisory Group Member, Nonprofit VOTE
Advisory Group Member, Project Information Literacy
Advisory Group Member, Citizen Z Project at Education Week
Advisory Group Member, American Bar Association Division of Public Education