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Finessa Ferrell

The Colorado Education Initiative
Director, Health and Wellness
Denver, CO
Finessa Ferrell joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2012 as a director in Health and Wellness. In this role, she oversees efforts in school climate change, equity, student behavioral health, and social-emotional learning.
Before joining CEI, Finessa led the National Center for School Engagement and the Colorado office of Homeless Youth Services. Previously she was an evaluator for Search Institute, a policy analyst in school violence prevention for the National Conference of State Legislatures, and a college professor. Finessa’s career has focused on the intersection of social-emotional health, academic achievement, and school safety, and she has a substantial background in research and policy.
A native of Carnegie, Okla., Finessa received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has graduate and undergraduate degrees in political science, communication arts, education policy, and education administration.