One child. One education.

Infinite possibilities.

We are a small but passionate group of individuals who are committed to the idea that through one student, one education, one small step at a time, we can help bring about opportunity and positive change to communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Country Coordinators

Board of Directors

Caroline Ferguson

Caroline Ferguson is currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago completing her JD and her PhD in Political Science. Since first hearing about So Others May Learn in college, she has wanted to get more involved. She looks forward to working with the Board to continue serving students!

Kristina Chien 

Kristina is the founder and executive director of So Others May Learn. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and Law School and currently practices medicine and law in St. Cloud, MN.

Mary Goetz

Mary has served on the board of So Others May Learn since its inception. She is a Minnesota native and a graduate of Harvard Law School, now working as a lawyer in Washington, DC. She treasures her work with SOML and its amazing students.

Hutton Phillips

Hutton has served on the board of So Others May Learn since 2012. She lives in Chicago where she works as a marketing and partnership specialist for Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation. She also serves on the boards of The School for Ethics and Global Leadership, with campuses in Washington, D.C. and Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation.

Ellie Newman

Ellie has been on the board of SOML since 2014, but has been inspired by our students long before then. She had the opportunity to visit all of our students in 2017, and was blown away by their dedication to their studies, their aspirations for the future and their leadership with the younger students. Ellie lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and 2 year old son. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison and worked in Marketing an Media Planning for six years. She then switched careers to work as a travel agent, freelancing and planning trips to the Patagonia region of South America.



We Would Love to Hear From You

Please contact us with any questions or ideas. We would love to hear from you.

Executive Director

Kristina Chien

5137 Queen Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Phone: 612.296.4206
Email: [email protected]

Did you know that 46 million school children in Africa have never stepped foot in a classroom?