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Kristy Luk


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Network weaving and strategy for equitable practices and culture

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”—Arundhati Roy

With more than a decade of experience as an organizer, activist, and nonprofit and policy leader, Kristy is dedicated to ensuring that historically marginalized communities have access to equitable opportunities and just outcomes. A skilled thought partner, facilitator, network weaver, and storyteller, Kristy works on behalf of TCC Group partners to advance impact in areas including health, social justice, and children and families.

Kristy’s commitment to social and educational justice began in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when displaced students from New Orleans transferred to her Texas high school. She saw how educational equity and access implicated a broader understanding of other connected social issues. Since then, she has dedicated her career to working with marginalized communities, believing in the power of centering their experiences and leadership to drive social impact.

At TCC Group, Kristy is a strategic thinker, researcher, and project manager who helps build lasting plans for social change. Resourceful, innovative, and analytical, Kristy sees her work as part of the broader effort to build movements toward greater equity all throughout society.

At TCC Group:
  • Proteus Fund and Proteus Action League: Kristy serves as the project manager for the strategic planning process with Proteus, an intermediary public foundation that has given away $200 million since its founding in support of social movements for justice and lasting change. She oversees client and external partner engagements, liaises with staff, and contributes to the research informing internal and external assessment of the organization’s programming, including multi-faceted donor collaboratives and advising services. Through this strategic planning process, Proteus will be positioned to continue to be a powerful contributor to movements for social justice and change in the years ahead.
  • Kolibri Family Foundation: Kristy conducts research for the Kolibri Family Foundation, a private family foundation seeking to study and implement participatory grantmaking practices. Through strategic analysis and field research, Kristy supports the trustees in their decision-making and ensures that their grantmaking is reflective of best practices in philanthropy, meeting the needs of the activists and movement-builders in the field that the Foundation supports.
Before TCC Group:
  • Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education: Supporting a portfolio of education organizing groups across New England, Kristy provided technical assistance, organizational support, training, and research to strengthen the presence and power of youth and parent organizers in the region. Additionally, she planned and facilitated convenings to bring various stakeholders together to create the conditions for educational equity in districts across New England, addressing the root causes of racial inequity in policies, culture, and practices.
  • YWBoston: In her time as a youth worker in Boston, Kristy ran a leadership development and social justice program for high school students in the area. Her responsibilities included the design and implementation of the curriculum, building relationships with institutional partners, and spearheading the internal evaluation of the program, which recruited classes of 40-50 students from over 16 high schools each academic year.
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
    • MA, Public Policy, Social and Urban Policy
  • Harvard University
    • BA, Social Studies
Board Service:
  • Phillips Brooks House Alumni Association
  • Youth in Action (past)
Additional Works:
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