Christian Motley has spent a career committed to education advocacy and community change with experience on the local, state and federal level. He got start as a student leader at Berea College leading a youth leadership program across the Commonwealth.
Christian has served in the administrations of both Governor Steve Beshear and President Barack Obama, fighting for quality early childhood education and expansion of cradle to career initiatives aimed at expanding opportunity for under-served students – driven by the idea that every child can succeed. He is proud to have been a part of the team that took a leadership role to advance My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s initiative to create pathways of success for young men and boys of color. In 2015, Christian worked with the Kentucky General Assembly to pass legislation to improve access to high quality early care and education.
Christian’s advocacy also led him to the Kentucky Education Association, where he advocated to fund our schools, resource educators in the classroom, and fight for retirement security. Today, he works nationally to support place-based efforts to wrap whole communities around the whole child with data-informed approaches to achieve results for kids.
Christian serves as a Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentor, board member for Lexington’s On the Move Art Studio, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, and on Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington Youth steering committee.