As deputy director, programs, 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. Through TxCAN, institutions of higher education, school districts, nonprofit, and for-profit college access providers, state agencies, counselors and others have greater opportunities to work together in furthering a common mission of greater student postsecondary access and success. Kendra uses data to analyze the landscape of college access programs to help provide resources and support across the state of Texas.
Prior to joining the Educate Texas team, Kendra served as a college bound advisor for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) at Fort Worth ISD for six years. She served young women in grades 6 -12 and continued to support them through college completion and developed a deep knowledge of the college access space. During her time at YWLA, all four of her graduating classes had 100% acceptance rates to 4-year colleges and universities and earned more than $30 million in merit scholarship awards.
Kendra has served as a KIPP through the college advisor program at KIPP DFW and as an admissions counselor at Texas A&M University and Oklahoma State University. She feels fortunate to have been on the team that restarted the Sooner Upward Bound Program at the University of Oklahoma.
Kendra is a first generation college graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminology from Kansas State University.
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."
“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.