Kidus Mezgebu is the Educator Engagement Strategist at AERDF. He is currently in his final year of the Ed.L.D program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and has chosen to complete his residency at AERDF. In his role at AERDF, Kidus is leading the creation of an education engagement strategy. Previously, Kidus was a Senior Program Manager and District Partnership Manager at Everyday Labs where he worked to reduce chronic absenteeism using behavioral science-based interventions. Before that, he co-managed the Urban Superintendent Program at HGSE—a program that produced the most urban superintendents in the country—and he served on the Advisory Board for the Posse Foundation. Kidus also has experience doing research on the impact of the stereotype threat in testing performance and the role of framing on charitable giving. Kidus has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Denison University and a master’s in Education Policy from HGSE.