Catherine saw from an early age that not all opportunities in life were accessible to everyone, but that education could be a great equalizer, especially in the diverse community where she grew up. Wanting to have a direct impact on these issues, she was drawn to education policy as a way to address poverty and spent two decades working to improve the country’s schools through federal education policy.
Now, as a senior policy fellow specializing in education, Catherine brings her career’s worth of passion, knowledge, and creativity to help clients at PSC. Whether a problem requires changing a law or forging a new partnership, Catherine seeks out commonsense policy solutions to kitchen-table issues.
Prior to joining PSC, Catherine worked on federal education policy in Washington, D.C., in senior roles at the Center for American Progress and Teach For America, as well as in the U.S. Congress. She also served as a legislative assistant and domestic policy advisor to Senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
A Little More…
Education: BA in Government and Economics from Smith College and an MPP in Social Policy from Harvard Kennedy School
With PSC since: March 2020
PSC superpower: Drawing connections between people, issues, and resources
Favorite part of working at PSC: Learning about the issues affecting state and local communities
Why Michigan? Kayaking under Pictured Rocks, sailing in Lake Lansing, and cross-country skiing by Houghton Lake