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As deputy director of programs for at Educate Texas, Kendra focuses on our Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) work. TxCAN connects and supports college access initiatives across Texas, with the goal of increasing access to college and certificate programs. Kendra uses data to analyze the landscape of college access programs to provide resources and support across the state.

Prior to joining the Educate Texas team, Kendra served was a college-bound adviser for Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) at Fort Worth ISD. She worked with young women in grades 6 -12 and continued to support them through college completion, developing a deep knowledge of the college access space. During her time at YWLA, all four of her graduating classes had 100% acceptance rates to four-year colleges and universities and earned more than $30 million in merit scholarship awards. 

Kendra has served as a KIPP through the college adviser program at KIPP DFW and as an admissions counselor at Texas A&M University and Oklahoma State University.

Kendra is a first-generation college graduate and holds a bachelor of science degree in sociology/criminology from Kansas State University.

Joined CFT


Favorite Aspect of CFT

"CFT is doing amazing work across the state of Texas that impacts so many people. I am excited to be part of the impact and imprint that CFT is making."

Favorite Quote

“If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

⁠— Martin Luther King Jr.