Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond


Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond, PhD, is a thought leader in the worlds of youth development, education, thriving and well-being, and social justice research. Through decades of work across communities, nonprofits, universities, K-12 schools, think tanks, and foundations she has developed a deep understanding of how to support young people, teams, and organizations.

Dr. Darling-Hammond’s mission is to increase possibilities for thriving among those who experience complex marginalization. Her particular focus at the intersections of age x sexuality x gender x race x ability is grounded in the knowledge that design driven by those furthest from power improves all of our lives.

Through her scholarship, Dr. Darling-Hammond has developed an intersectional Bridge to Thriving Framework© (BtTF©), which she uses with activists, educators, scholars, youth, and others to advance the shared project of building universal thriving.

Dr. Darling-Hammond applies the BtTF© to help people imagine and design bridges from survival to holistic thriving through professional development, leadership development, coaching, research, and visioning. Her clients represent a diversity of organizations including schools of education, education nonprofits, research organizations, foundations, civil rights and other organizations, and private individuals.

Dr. Darling-Hammond speaks widely, has published in academic and popular press, and mentors an ever-growing cadre of students and professionals nationwide. Also at the national level, she has contributed her expertise as a member of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus’ Suicide Prevention Taskforce workgroups, which led to advancement of the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act; given testimony before the Federal Communications Commission on Black mental health and thriving; and helped design and facilitate a White House Summit on Educational Excellence for LGBTQ+-identified African-American Youth.

You can follow Dr. Darling-Hammond on Twitter (@drkiadh) or LinkedIn (@kiadarling).