Kia Franklin, a member of the Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is the new Executive Director of Stand for Children, a non-profit education advocacy organization.
Stand for Children’s mission is focused on ensuring all students in our state – regardless of race, zip code, first language or disability – receive a high- quality education. The organization partners with families, advocates at the state and local levels and supports candidates committed to fighting for an equitable public education system.
Franklin credits her passion for justice and education to her family. Her mother, Charlene Franklin, was a math and science teacher who knew every student could learn and perform at a high standard. Many educators, representing all ethnic groups credit her aunt, Ora Lee Franklin, a former Seattle Public Schools teacher, principal, and district administrator, for mentoring them throughout their careers. Her dad, Ronald Franklin, was a broadcast engineer for PBS and a technologist at UW school of engineering. He brought some of the first smart boards to the UW campus. Her grandmothers, Christene Ervin and Lillian Franklin were her first teachers modeling what it means to dream for the next generation.
Because of her family and the broader village that supported her, Franklin firmly believes that the work of Stand for Children cannot be done without community-informed problem solving. In her own words, as the organization’s Executive Director she “will be dedicated to harnessing the power of community to create transformative change for students”.
Franklin earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and her law degree at Georgetown.
To learn more about Stand for Children, visit their website at www.stand.org.