Katy (she/her/hers) joined the BES team in November 2019 leading external communication efforts to help BES grow its national footprint. She spent several years managing communications and marketing initiatives for a K-12 education consulting firm impacting hundreds of schools across the country. She began her work in education as a founding staff member and Academic Dean at Success Academy Upper West charter school in New York City. During her tenure with Success Academies, Katy committed herself to fostering strong relationships, engaging families, and maintaining a school culture of high expectations that helped to distinguish the incredibly diverse school as one of the state of New York’s most successful primary schools. Under Katy’s leadership, the school consistently maintained the network’s strongest school culture data. Prior to her work in education, Katy developed a keen sense of world-class customer service and exemplary business standards during her time as an event planner with The Walt Disney Company. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Educational Administration at the University of Kansas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Christopher Newport University.