Krista McKinney-King

Krista McKinney-King

Detroit Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2020, Economic Opportunities Program

Principal/Director, Randolph Career Technical Center, Detroit, Michigan

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Krista McKinney-King began her teaching career after acquiring her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She taught for several years, and in August 2000, she went on to become a guidance counselor after receiving her Master’s Degree from Wayne State University and becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher. The majority of her teaching and counseling career was spent at Crockett Career Tech until she became the Department Chair for Guidance & Counseling at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor where she completed committee work in developing the comprehensive guidance curriculum for Ann Arbor Public Schools. It was during her tenure as a Department Chair that she decided to further pursue leadership in School Administration, and earn an Educational Specialist Degree from Eastern Michigan University. Krista McKinney-King spent 4 years of her administrative career at Renaissance High School, her alma mater. In August 2016, she became the Principal/Director of Randolph Career and Technical Center, and in the last 4 years, she has played an integral role in its resurgence. Developing and sustaining partnerships with business and industry, changing the perception of career technical education, helping youth explore, identify, select, and pursue career pathways that will inevitably lead them to viable post-secondary opportunities, increasing work-based learning experiences for her students, and supporting the workforce initiative in the city of Detroit are amongst her priorities as the current leader.

Krista McKinney-King is a member of the Detroit Workforce Leadership Academy Class of 2020, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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