Katie Reed is a Senior Director with Afton Partners. Since joining Afton in 2014, Katie has supported state and local education agencies on initiatives at the intersection of finance, strategy, and operations, with a particular interest in large financial change initiatives. Highlights of Katie’s work at Afton include planning for and managing day-to- day progress for the Illinois State Board of Education’s response to the ESSA Financial Transparency Requirement, co-facilitating the Illinois Governor’s Early Childhood Funding Commission, and leading analysis for the School District of Philadelphia’s study on charter and district funding equity, purchasing power, and sustainability. In addition to this, Katie has expertise in financial planning for technology-enabled school models, leading several studies in this area and providing coaching and training to school systems across the country.
Prior to joining Afton, Katie served as founding Chief of Staff for the Portfolio Office at Chicago Public 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 600+ direct-run and charter schools. She also supported the district’s restructuring in 2013 leading overall project management of the largest single-year school consolidation initiative in U.S. history. Earlier in her career, Katie spent nearly a decade in progressing roles in financial and operational management for Baxter Healthcare and Ford Motor Company. She earned an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a BBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame.