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Akshayaa Venkatakrishnan

Senior Manager of Network Experience

Akshayaa Venkatakrishnan is senior manager of network experience. She leads the digital community engagement strategy and ensures that information is accessible for the StriveTogether team and for Cradle to Career Network members.

Before joining StriveTogether, Akshayaa taught high school science in Cincinnati Public Schools. During her time in the classroom, she served as department chair, facilitated multiple student organizations to promote student voice and built community partnerships to bring learning to life in and out of the classroom. Akshayaa has worked with the National Science Foundation and Teach For America in research, data analysis and operations.

Akshayaa received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in leadership studies at Xavier University.

hear from akshayaa

What is a place that shaped you, and how does it give you purpose?

A place that shaped me was the school I taught at on the west side of Cincinnati, where the population’s rapid changes created a community of people from around the world and all parts of our city. Students, families, community members and colleagues demonstrated the opportunities that arise when diverse coalitions come together to uplift and seek a better tomorrow. I saw the impact of putting people most impacted by decisions at the heart of decision making, and that is what gives me the motivation and courage to continue this pursuit with StriveTogether.