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Charli Kemp

The TL;DR Version

Frustrated by systems of inequity that perpetuate negative narratives, Charli combined her leadership and business skills to launch the non-profit, Change the Tune, in 2017 in which she uses music and social impact to transform the negative social-cultural narratives that impact urban youth.

About the Founder

Charli believes “music is the universal language of the soul” and a panacea for societal problems. She is a curator of transformative, musical-learning experiences that empower individuals to create positive systemic change. Utilizing education as a vehicle for activism, Charli is driven in her desire to end inequitable systems, to create opportunities and access for underserved communities. With Change The Tune, she seeks to reimagine the learning space by creating revolutionary extended learning spaces that provide radical and transformational learning experiences in partnership with communities.

Previously, Charli worked for Green Dot Public Schools, where she developed the organization’s first social-emotional learning framework. Before earning her MBA in 2014 from the University of Southern California, Charli was a Teach For America Fellow and taught middle school mathematics and science in New York City for five years. As a teacher, she built strong communal relationships while helping her schools to reimagine their extended learning programming. Charli Kemp received her BA from Spelman College, and is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently in her third year at Harvard and completing her residency with the Global Education Movement at Southern New Hampshire University.

“He is enjoying it and is happy to be back. I’m so thankful for all of your hard work organizing all of this, it’s such a great experience.”
-CTT Parent