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New Senior Program Officer to Join Barr’s Education Team

Kate Dobin to lead Foundation’s efforts focused on expanding access to K–12 quality in Boston.

After an extensive national search, the Barr Foundation is pleased to announce that Kate Dobin will join its Education Program on August 7 as a senior program officer, overseeing investments in high-quality K–12 options in Boston.

Kate Dobin

Kate Dobin

Kate comes to the Barr Foundation from Parthenon-EY, where she currently serves as vice president in the strategy consulting firm’s K–12 education practice. During her six-year tenure at Parthenon-EY, Kate has advised clients across the K–12 sector including public school districts, nonprofit organizations, state departments of education, and foundations. She has supported her clients in developing strategies on topics ranging from human capital to school finance, to personalized learning, to career pathways. Prior to joining Parthenon-EY, Kate was a Boston Fellow with Education Pioneers, where she worked with NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy firm working to reimagine public education. She began her career at the investment consulting firm, Cambridge Associates.

The Barr Foundation has a deep and longstanding commitment to the city of Boston and its students and families. As a complement to our regional education work, our Education Program aims to build on the strength of our historic partnerships to ensure student access to high-quality public schools and seats across Boston’s K–12 spectrum. We look forward to Kate’s stewardship of this important priority within our home community, and to welcoming her to our team in August.

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