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Katie Aholt

Chief of Staff to the Managing Director, Understood

Katie is the Chief of Staff to the Managing Director at Understood.org. Before joining Understood.org, Katie was Chief of Staff to Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder of Teach for All and founder of Teach for America. At Teach for All, a network of almost 50 independent partner organizations and a global organization,  Katie worked with the CEO to accelerate the network’s progress through strategic partnership, supporting her internal and external communications, and facilitating her engagement with Teach For All staff, network partners, the Board of Directors, and external constituents.

Prior to Teach For All, Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and began her career as an educator teaching fourth grade outside of Washington DC. She then earned a Master of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

A Tennessee transplant, Katie resides in Brooklyn with her partner Paul.

From the policy blog

Working Together For Education Funding #MakesSense

Written by Griffin Stein | 1 week ago

On Wednesday, July 18th, I joined the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) coalition on Capitol Hill to advocate for greater federal investment in education. Representing NCLD, I met with staffers and other coalition members, from as far away as Colorado and Texas, in support of the #5CentsMakesSense campaign, which calls for increased funding from a … Continue reading Working Together For Education Funding #MakesSense

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