Katie Morrison-Reed joined Afton Partners in 2014, with valuable experience in corporate finance and education management, which she applies to supporting sustainability in public education. Katie has expertise in district-level financial planning, strategic planning & implementation, and sustaining education innovation.
Prior to joining Afton, Katie spent several years in education management, including serving as founding Chief of Staff in the Office of Innovation and Incubation for Chicago Public Schools. This office supported all new school launches, and led authorization and accountability processes for Chicago’s charter schools. While at CPS, Katie led policy development for the conversion to student-based budgeting, an initiative that sought to ensure equitable and transparent distribution of resources to the district’s nearly 700 direct-run and charter schools. She also supported the district’s restructuring in 2013 in a temporary assignment leading overall project management of the largest single-year school consolidation initiative in U.S. history. Katie also served as Partnership Director at Discovery Education, working with large school districts on their journey to convert to blended and personalized learning.
Earlier in her career, Katie spent nearly a decade in progressing roles in financial and operational management for Baxter Healthcare and Ford Motor Co. She earned an MBA with an emphasis in strategy from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a BBA in finance at the University of Notre Dame.