I was lucky to be born into a time, place, and socioeconomic status that gives me a chance to make the world a better place for my future children, but not everyone gets that privilege. With systemic change rooted in equity and evidence, I believe we can advance justice and opportunity for all children and families.
Katrina Ballard is the policy program manager for Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. She coordinates strategy and program development across multiple policy areas and works closely with researchers to implement technical assistance, research, and communications projects. She was previously a public policy fellow at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education for the District of Columbia, where she led the implementation of Mayor Bowser’s Every Day Counts! initiative for reducing chronic absenteeism and launched a cross-sector community of practice on school attendance. Before moving to Washington, DC, Ballard supported national expansion efforts for a network of charter schools based in Harlem and taught middle school English and science with Teach for America in Denver. She holds BAs in journalism and political science from Boston University and an MPA and a certificate in management and analytics from American University.