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Ritika Sharma Kurup

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Senior Director of Learning and Activation

Ritika Sharma Kurup is senior director of learning and activation at StriveTogether, where she leads the organizational strategy to gather and share learning, tools and resources to support better, more equitable outcomes for every child.

Over her two-decade career in the U.S. and India, Ritika has led several large-scale communitywide efforts serving children and families that have delivered measurable results. Before joining the StriveTogether team, Ritika was director of early learning for Learn to Earn Dayton, where she led the launch and development of the community’s race equity agenda and established the region’s first out-of-school system, serving over 900 students. She also led Montgomery County’s Grade-Level Reading Campaign that was recognized as an All-America City Award winner in 2017.

Previously, Ritika facilitated establishment of a crisis helpline for homeless children in New Delhi, served as the executive director of Miami County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian Ad Litem program and established Edison State College’s grants office. In 2016, Ritika was named a Children and Family Fellow by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has master’s degrees in social work from the University of Delhi and The Ohio State University and a master’s in public policy from Ohio State. She lives in the Dayton area with her husband and two sons.

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share how one of strivetogether’s core values is important to you.

I love our values at StriveTogether as they are very aligned with my personal values that my parents raised me with. Courage, however, is the most important value to me because without courage, I don’t think we can achieve the other four values. To me, courage means to show up fully owning our strengths and limitations, to ask difficult questions, to answer difficult questions and to stand up for what is right to move the result forward, even when we feel afraid.

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