Following a three-year engineering career, Kristen Miller spent 13 years in education teaching predominantly high school mathematics, AVID and Career Technical Education, and serving as a middle school Vice Principal in Northern California. Seeing a huge need for high quality social and emotional interventions, systems and supports, Miller created a youth empowerment organization, With Heart Project (WHP), to work alongside schools and districts promoting Social-Emotional Wellness (SEL), Restorative Practices (RP), and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). In her inaugural year, she partnered with a high poverty middle school in Northern California to create and implement practices, processes, and procedures to decrease student suspension rates and increase academic achievement. Her results were remarkable. Her efforts yielded a 79% growth in Common Core Mathematics achievement, as well as reduction in discipline and attendance infractions, increase in GPA, and increase in math and reading grade levels among at-risk students.
Jessica Mulholland brings nearly 20 years of writing, reporting, researching and editing experience to With Heart Project. She also serves as a senior editor at the California Chamber of Commerce, where she leads the production of certain Chamber newsletters and edits labor law books. Prior to joining CalChamber, she was the news editor for Government Technology magazine, where she managed daily editorial content and special projects. For nearly 10 years, Mulholland worked in an editorial capacity for Government Technology’s parent company, including as the associate editor for Governing magazine based in Washington, D.C., and the founding editor of Emergency Management magazine, a publication she was instrumental in launching.