Kruti Parekh leads the LA Youth Uprising Coalition which CDF-CA is an anchor organization and will be working with the youth justice team. Kruti has spent the last 14 years working to increase resources and a healthy safety net for young people in Los Angeles while organizing to interrupt the fully resourced systems that harm, endanger and incarcerate young people. She did so in partnership with the Youth Justice Coalition where she coordinated its community, education, youth development, organizing, advocacy and movement building work. Kruti is a certified coach for Healing & Justice and as such she coaches leaders in the healing and justice arenas to improve personal and community outcomes. She has been working with young people and families in the most marginalized communities in both New York and Los Angeles for 20 years. Kruti has a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Worker from Hunter College, a self-proclaimed PhD (People’s health Degree) from Youth Justice Coalition and a Coaching for Transformation Certification from Leadership That Works.