Kathryn YoungDoug Ward
Senior Policy Advisor
Kathryn Young's experience in education policy, practice, and research includes leadership and management roles; Capitol Hill and Executive Branch experience; advocacy strategy development; facilitation, technical assistance, and public speaking; and school program administration and classroom teaching. She previously served as director of National Education Policy for Jobs for the Future where she led federal and national education and youth policy efforts with a focus on secondary and postsecondary education and the workforce. She has served as a policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education where she managed and oversaw grant program administration and advised the Assistant Secretary on K-12 education policy and technical assistance issues.
She also served as an Education, Children, and Families legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Patty Murray where she led legislative efforts on Child Care, Education, Youth Workforce Development, Nutrition, and Civil Rights. Additional prior work includes helping to lead the policy development process and support advocacy efforts as a legislative associate on the Education, Early Childhood, and Workforce Committee for the National Governors Association; program administrator, special educator, and case manager for the Gifted and Talented with Learning Disabilities at North Bethesda Middle School in Montgomery County, Md.; work with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, D.C.; and research assistant at the American Institutes for Research. Ms. Young earned her Master of Arts and teaching certification in K-12 Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University.