Director of Operations & Communications

Methodical planner. Fierce advocate for children in foster care. Voracious reader. Chronic overpacker.

Where It All Started

Katy began volunteering at her local library at age 7, where she decided that enough was ENOUGH with the Dewey Decimal System, and instead, the Babysitters’ Club book series should be arranged according to the babysitter’s name in the title.

In the Early Days

Katy began her career in the travel industry, working in PR and internal events at the Walt Disney World Resort. After seeing Waiting for Superman, a documentary about the public school system and the rise of charter schools, Katy felt convicted that she had to be a part of the education reform movement. She moved to New York City and became the founding Dean of Students at Success Academy Upper West, a public charter school in Manhattan. Katy went on to lead executive communications and program operations at CT3, a K-12 consulting firm based in San Francisco, as the company doubled in size. There, she managed communications and programs operations, and produced more than 20 online courses taken by thousands of teachers per year.

Katy has led communications and marketing at BES (formerly Building Excellent Schools) and served as chief of staff at Presence, the leading provider of teletherapy services for K-12 students. She also operated her own consulting and advisory firm, where she supported organizations committed to improving the lives of children across the country.

What She Brings to the Table

At her core, Katy is an influential and trusted integrator, often described as the “glue” that holds people and processes together, through her high level of collaboration, proactivity and follow-through. She has supported remote teams for eight years.

What Gets Her Up in the Morning

As a former Disney cast member, Katy has a heart for service. She truly enjoys every opportunity that she has to make an impact on teams who work tirelessly in support of children.

In Her Spare Time

Katy proudly dedicates her personal time to serving children experiencing abuse and neglect, both as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as a volunteer at a local nonprofit that supports children transitioning to foster care in need of clothing and necessities.

Katy is a first-generation college graduate who holds a Master of Education in educational leadership from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Christopher Newport University in Virginia.