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Karla Phillips-Krivickas, Founder

Karla Phillips-Krivickas is the founder of Inclusive Strategies and one of the nation’s foremost thought leaders on education policy and reform. With over 20 years of experience in state and federal policy, she uses her unique professional and personal experiences to advise education leaders on sound policy and best practices to advance academic achievement for all students, including those with disabilities.

She has had the privilege and honor to serve in key advisory roles at the Arizona House of Representatives, the Governor’s Office, as well as with State Superintendents and non-profits. Last year she was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor Doug Ducey and confirmed by the Arizona Senate.

Karla is the proud mother of a 20-year-old son and a 16-year daughter, both with disabilities. Advocating for her children has provided a new lens through which she personally experiences the policies she has worked so long to develop and implement. Now, she is channeling her professional and personal experiences to passionately advocate for all students—especially those with additional needs.



Clare Crowson, Content Editor

Clare Crowson is a writer and editor with a passion for clarity and concision. She served 10 years on the communications team at the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), a leading education policy organization. During this time, Clare worked closely with ExcelinEd’s policy experts to develop innovative resources for educators, schools, and states seeking student-centered policy solutions. 


She has written and edited pieces which have been published widely, from her hometown’s Armstrong Journal to the Wall Street Journal. While Clare does love crafting a policy playbook, her all-time favorite work is capturing and sharing the stories of families impacted by student-centered education policies. 


A graduate of Northwestern College, Clare is a teacher at heart. Her students have included high schoolers in Iowa, inmates at a county jail, elementary students in South Korea, and, presently, her own kids. Clare lives in Tennessee with her husband and three young children. 

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