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Chris Elder is passionate about authentic communication as a path to deeper relationships, greater social understanding and a more peaceful world. She has been facilitating Council circles in various settings since 1995. Following 25 years as an award-winning educator in public and private schools, often incorporating Council practice, Chris is active in our Inmate Council Program and Social Justice Council Project initiatives. She also serves as Ventura County program coordinator for our sibling organization, Council in Schools. Chris was a founding member of the New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA, where for 18 years she served as a teacher and middle school director. New Roads School is dedicated to diversity and social justice, and Council has been a cornerstone of the school from its inception. Chris facilitated weekly classroom Council with students as well as Councils with parents, faculty, and staff. Previously, Chris was a bilingual teacher and BTSA mentor in the Los Angeles and Hawthorne Unified School Districts. A life-long learner who has attended 14 colleges over the years, Chris earned her bachelor’s degree in communications (magna cum laude) from University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.