Colmon Elridge

Senior Director of Strategy

Areas of Expertise: public policy, advocacy, strategy

“I feel a unique responsibility to honor the humanity we and our partners bring to the transformative work of education, understanding that we must not treat our work as solely an academic exercise, but a responsibility to empower generations of students with tools that can have a powerful and positive impact on their future.”

As senior director of strategy, Colmon supports the alignment, implementation and advancement of KnowledgeWorks strategy and thought leadership. He provides direct leadership to advance our inclusive excellence and equity-driven goals.

Colmon brings extensive insight into state systems; local, state and federal public policy and advocacy; and strategic planning. Colmon served eight years as senior advisor to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and has worked in the public policy areas of education, health care and interstate compacts. Colmon also served as the Global Vice President of Membership and Development for the International Coach Foundation. Colmon possesses a bachelor’s degree in history from Transylvania University, a master’s degree in business administration from Sullivan University and is currently a PhD candidate in educational leadership from the University of the Cumberlands.

A nationally and internationally acclaimed speaker, Colmon has received numerous state, national and international honors, including being named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young People by the US JCI. He is the first person of color to serve as the President of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Philharmonic. In addition to spending time with his family, Colmon loves to cook, sing, play instruments and four-wheel.