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Darlene Fry - RJL Photography-1

Dr. Darlene Fry, Executive Director

Dr. Fry worked with young adults in Student Affairs on campuses in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Missouri and Minnesota before moving to Saint Paul to pursue her doctorate in Educational Leadership as the University of Saint Thomas. Her passion then became preparation of high school students for post secondary success. 


In 2005 Saint Paul Public Schools began the AVID College Readiness program and Dr. Fry became the Program Manager from 2005-2010. In 2010 she was named the first Director of the Office of College and Career Readiness for SPPS. In 2014 she left the school district to begin a non-profit focused on assisting vulnerable youth, especially those from Foster Care. In the school district she saw the devastating outcome for kids that had been in out of home placements. As an adoptive mother, she understood that those same outcomes could have occurred for her own child.


Irreducible Grace Foundation was born in 2012 out of the need to support youth in out-of-home placements to finish high school and go to post-secondary opportunities. 

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