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Christian Motley

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Director of Policy and Partnerships

Christian Motley is director of policy and partnerships for StriveTogether. In this role, he provides leadership on collaborations, coalitions and advocacy strategy. Christian develops resources to align policy priorities, strengthen coalitions and mobilize stakeholders for policy solutions to accelerate progress across the Cradle to Career Network.

Christian previously oversaw public policy and advocacy for the Kentucky Education Association as its chief lobbyist in the Kentucky state legislature in Frankfort. Before this role, Christian served as the deputy executive director of the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. There, he worked with the legislature to advance former Gov. Steve Beshear’s 2015 priority legislation to improve access to high-quality care and early education and designed tools for school district leaders to bridge the gap between pre-K and K-12.

While in Washington, D.C., Christian served as a presidential appointee in the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, which took a leadership role in building My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s initiative to expand opportunity for young men of color.

In 2019, Christian was named as a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky. He also serves on the boards of On the Move Art Studio Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, Lexington Transit Authority; and Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington Youth Program, in Lexington, Kentucky, just up the road from his beloved alma mater, Berea College.

hear from christian

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

I am a product of two places: A neighborhood literally called “the Bottom” in Alabaster, Alabama — it’s the place where I was raised and found my grounding. And Berea College, the place where I got an education and considered my ownership of values rooted in the power of love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice.