Kriss Goss-Marr is the senior program manager for the California Justice Leaders – AmeriCorps project, which provides employment and leadership opportunities to young people with prior involvement in the state’s justice system while increasing awareness and access to California’s Honorable Discharge petition process.
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.