Katie Braude has participated in public education reform since the late 1980’s. She was one of the leaders that launched the successful Palisades Charter School Complex in 1994, the first K-12 public charter school complex in the country. Katie helped found the Palisades Charter Schools Foundation, and served as its first Executive Director, directing the development efforts that raised over $2 million dollars for the schools in the first two years of their existence. As a private consultant, she has managed fund development, marketing, media relations and community outreach projects for other charter and traditional public schools in the Los Angeles area. Katie has also used her community engagement, fundraising and communications skills to manage political and public outreach campaigns.

From 2005-2008, Braude served as Development Director for KIPP Academy of Opportunity (KAO) in South Los Angeles, part of the national network of highly successful charter schools that belong to the Knowledge Is Power Program. Most recently, she was Director of Advancement for KIPP LA Schools, successfully overseeing the expanding region’s $4 million annual fundraising budget, communications, and public and community affairs.

In May 2011, Katie was named by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to serve on the the Los Angeles County Board of Education. Katie holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College, a Master of Arts in Aesthetic Education (Music emphasis) from American University and Masters of Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles.