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    Cathy Daniels

    Chief Operating Officer

    Cathy serves as the chief operating officer, ensuring the smooth, efficient, and productive operation of the organization. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she works closely with the President, other Vice Presidents, state office Executive Directors and the Board of Directors to facilitate strategic integration of the organization’s multi-faceted work.

    Prior to joining The Education Trust, Cathy spent her career with other nonprofits and mission-driven organizations in the education sector. She served as the Chief of Staff and Secretary of Spelman College, where she provided leadership to campus-wide efforts in organizational change and strategic planning. She also managed the operations of the Board of Trustees. Most recently, Cathy worked as a consultant to Spelman, helping to facilitate the search for the college’s new president. Prior to Spelman, Cathy worked as a senior consultant for Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm, recruiting executives and other senior managers to key leadership roles for public and private colleges and universities.

    Earlier in her career, Cathy spent 17 years at the Writers Guild of America, adjudicating issues for television and screen writers related to on-screen credit and other creative rights under the Guild’s collective bargaining agreement. Cathy began her professional career as a teacher and school improvement coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    A native of Los Angeles, Cathy graduated from UCLA School of Law and received her teaching certification from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She attended Spelman College and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Cathy also completed a program for senior level administrators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institutes for Higher Education Management.


    Dogs, particularly a very sweet schnoodle named Cocoa.

    What drew you to education?

    My family. My grandmother was a special education teacher for 30 years for the Los Angeles Unified School District and my mother and many of my close relatives worked in education. It’s in my bones and speaks to my heart.

    My work at Ed Trust allows me to tap into my passion for education and contribute in a meaningful way to an organization that is very much aligned with my personal ideals.

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