Vice President, Education Policy
Expertise: Early childhood education, human capital policy, federal K-12 education policy
Catherine Brown is the Vice President of Education Policy at American Progress. Previously, Brown served as a senior consultant for Leadership for Educational Equity, where she spearheaded Policy Leadership Academy, the organization’s flagship policy training program for senior policy, advocacy, organizing, and elected leaders.
Previously, Brown served as the vice president of policy at Teach for America, where she provided strategic direction on a range of issues. Prior to her role at Teach for America, Brown served as senior education policy advisor for the House Committee on Education and Labor, where she advised Chairman George Miller (D-CA).
As the domestic policy advisor for 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Brown oversaw the development of policy initiatives to provide pre-kindergarten for all children, promote college affordability and completion, address child poverty, and more.
Earlier in Brown’s career, she directed Teach for America’s Early Childhood Initiative and served as a legislative assistant for both Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and as a research assistant at Mathematica Policy Research in New Jersey. Brown received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and holds a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.