Director, Too Small to Fail
Kara Dukakis is the director of Too Small to Fail for Next Generation. Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of America’s youngest children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century. Kara’s background includes a focus on early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education policy, and child welfare and mental health policy and practice. Prior to joining Next Generation, Kara was the Associate Director and a Senior Community Engagement Associate at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University, where she oversaw the Center’s community engagement work. Most recently, she led a three-year college readiness indicator initiative and a review of best practices for college access and completion among young men of color. Earlier in her career, Kara was Chair of the San Francisco First 5 Commission and worked at Children Now. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Brown University and a Master's in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.