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Kara Dukakis

PUBLISHED: Feb 23, 2023

Kara is a long-time champion for children and families. She has experience in the fields of early childhood development, K-12 education and mental health; conducted direct practice, public policy and research; and worked at the local, state and national levels. Prior to joining Tipping Point, Kara was the director of Too Small to Fail, a national public awareness initiative of the Clinton Foundation that supports parents and caregivers to understand the critical role they play in their child’s early brain development. She also served as Associate Director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University, supporting localities to use data to drive decision-making and system improvements. Earlier in her career, Kara was Chair of the First 5 San Francisco Commission, Associate Director of early care and education at Children Now and a psychiatric social worker for San Francisco City and County. She received her B.A. from Brown University and an MSW from UC Berkeley. She loves Mexico, hiking near and far, thrifting and hanging out with her family and dog. She is an avid Warriors fan.