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Chris Copolillo

Research Fellow
Los Angeles Office

Why I Do What I Do:

“To give every student an equitable opportunity to reach their dreams, attain good health, and experience fulfillment.”

Alma Mater(s): James Madison University, the University of Miami, the University of Southern California

Your role in one sentence: Researching the issues that stand in the way of college opportunity for all.

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…Surfing, playing basketball, or getting outside some other way. 

If not higher education then what cause? Universal Basic Income.

Formal Bio:

Chris Copolillo is a former middle and high school history teacher interested in advancing opportunity for all children.

Chris first worked in the education field as the founding local program coordinator of Kids Connection Haiti in Port au Prince. Wanting to more directly influence student outcomes, Chris then taught world history in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood through Teach for America. He continued teaching in New Orleans, where he additionally organized communities as a part of a US Senate race and worked to bring excellent teachers to a high performing charter school network. In his recent role as a Policy and Advocacy Fellow to LAUSD Board President Dr. Ref Rodriguez, Chris contributed research to help to inform policy decisions and advance a kids-first policy agenda. Chris comes to the Campaign with the goal of using data and research to enact exceptional public policies benefitting all students, especially those who are traditionally underserved.

He holds a B.A. in Global Policy and Justice from James Madison University, a Master of Education and Social Change from the University of Miami (FL), and Master of Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.