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1155 PROVIDENCE – Kristy Luk, a Master’s in Public Policy candidate and an upcoming May graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will formally join Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform as a research associate effective full time on June 15, announced Michael Grady, deputy director.

Luk, whose area of concentration is social and urban policy with a focus on U.S. education, started on a part-time basis on March 16.

“Kristy brings to the Annenberg Institute a solid foundation in both academic training and on-the-ground experience with organizations committed to advancing the cause of social justice,” said Grady.  “She will join our Community Organizing & Engagement team focused on youth and adult leadership training, but will likely field assignments from both our research and district redesign practices as well.”

Last summer Luk served as a Chicago Mayor’s Office Fellow assisted in developing strategies for improving neighborhood high schools, attracting and retaining teaching talent, tracking college and career readiness, and community outreach to recruit new mentors. 

She spent two years as a youth leadership program coordinator for the Boston YWCA, preceded by an internship at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, Calif., and one year as co-director of the Mission Hill Summer Program, a seven-week licensed camp for 80 children from the Boston neighborhood.  

A native Texan, Luk earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Harvard University in May 2012.