Background: Kateland Beals is a consultant with Bellwether Education Partners in the Strategic Advising practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether, Kateland worked for five years as a corporate social responsibility manager leading program strategy for IBM's philanthropic investment portfolio across the Midwest. Kateland managed large-scale grants for Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, and the Better Business Bureau of Chicago. She has deep experience in corporate philanthropy, public-private partnerships, and social impact investing.
Kateland began her career as a high school chemistry teacher with Teach For America. She taught at both public and charter schools, including Noble Network, in Connecticut and Chicago. She is passionate about science, technology, engineering, and math education and about empowering girls to enter traditionally underrepresented STEM professions. Kateland graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public policy from Indiana University.
Why I do this work: My mother was a teacher and growing up, I saw the impact she had on her students and their families. My mother taught at the high school level for 30 years, and near retirement she had grandchildren of her original students in her class! When I became a teacher, I saw firsthand the disparities that exist for children based on their ZIP code, skin color, and socioeconomic status. This is unacceptable, and I have committed my life's work to creating a high-quality education system that is equitable for all students.
Experience at Bellwether: Strategic Planning; Data Collection and Analysis; Grant Development and Implementation
Client segments served: Foundations and Grantees; Nonprofit Organizations
Sample clients: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation