Kate Dobin is a senior program officer for Education, leading two portfolios: Build Public Will and Invest in Educators. Barr’s Build Public Will strategy aims to engage parents, students, educators, civic leaders, and residents as informed advocates for high-quality schools. The Invest in Educators strategy focuses on developing the pipeline of diverse, skilled, effective teachers and school leaders who bring new educational models to life for their students. Boston K-12 strategy focused on ensuring all students have access to high quality public schools and seat. Prior to joining Barr in 2017, Kate was at the strategy consulting firm, Parthenon-EY, for six years. As a vice president in the Education Practice, Kate led teams in supporting strategy development for organizations across the K-12 sector including public school districts, nonprofit organizations, state departments of education, and foundations. She worked with clients across the country on topics including human capital, school finance, personalized learning and career pathways.
After getting her bachelor’s degree in economics and religious studies from Connecticut College, and working for the investment consulting firm Cambridge Associates, Kate received her Master’s in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. During graduate school, Kate was an Education Pioneers (EP) Fellow in Boston, working with NewSchools Venture Fund. During her summer as an EP Fellow, Kate became passionate about K-12 education and optimistic about the progress that can be made to ensure all children have access to a high quality public education. Kate enjoys spending time at home, trying to keep up with her husband and two energetic young children.