Kriss Goss-Marr is the Director of Leadership Programs at Impact Justice where she currently leads the California Justice Leaders and LeadOn programs. The Leadership Programs team at Impact Justice creates, builds, implements, and scales programming in California and across the country that aims to build the capacity and leadership skills of individuals that have had contact with the criminal legal system.
Kriss has spent her career serving in diverse roles within nonprofit organizations and educational institutions throughout the U.S., the U.K., and Mexico. She has worked to develop innovative programming and vital partnerships, encouraging investments in equitable and sustainable resources for underserved populations. The focus of her research and advocacy has been to pursue additional support and resources for immigrant communities, youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems, and youth and families experiencing poverty and homelessness. She has presented at national conferences and partnered with local and global entities to support systemic change for these marginalized communities. She is passionate about justice reform, stopping the school-to-prison pipeline, and ending mass incarceration.
Kriss earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish with minors in youth counseling and education from Cedarville University in Ohio. She earned her master’s in human rights and international relations from University of Roehampton in London, where she wrote her dissertation on cross-cultural nonprofit management.