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Bridging the Gap Between Research, Policy, and Practice
I learned that there is too often a disconnect between research, policy, and practice. I left Peabody knowing that's where I fit in.
Katheryn Zekus
Education Policy
M.P.P. '14
Senior Associate for Federal Policy
Advance CTE

Kathryn serves as a senior associate for federal policy at Advance CTE, the longest-standing national nonprofit that represents state directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education across the United States. In her role, Kathryn leads government relations efforts, including advancing federal legislative priorities, engaging members in advocacy efforts and maintaining and growing meaningful partnerships with relevant stakeholders. Before joining Advance CTE, Kathryn was part of Achieve's strategic initiatives team, where she supported state-level advocacy efforts for college and career readiness policies. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she received a B.A. in political science and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her M.P.P. practicum at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, a nonprofit that drives collaboration on policy and practice to ensure student success across Tennessee. As a SCORE graduate fellow, she analyzed focus group and survey data and researched a variety of education policy issues.
During my time at Peabody, my interest and passion for education policy grew. Peabody pushed my critical thinking skills and provided me with many opportunities to analyze the political and contextual factors that affect how policy is made. I learned that there is too often a disconnect between research, policy, and practice - I left Peabody knowing that's where I fit in, that I wanted to be part of the solution to bridge those gaps.