Senior Policy Analyst for Higher Education
Katie Berger is a senior policy analyst on Ed Trust’s higher education team, where she develops and advances policies in support of a more equitable system of postsecondary education. Prior to joining Ed Trust, Katie spent five years as a coordinator for federal relations at The University of Texas System. In that role, she represented faculty, students, and administrators from across the UT System’s 14 institutions, and was the primary contact for congressional staff and executive branch officials. She also served as a resource on a broad range of issues, including immigration, veterans’ education, campus sexual assault, federal research programs, cybersecurity, and the Higher Education Act.
Before that, Katie was a Public Policy Coordinator at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), where she advocated for state and federal policies aimed at improving college access and success among underserved students
A native Texan, Katie received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin with majors in Government and Plan II Honors. While at UT, Katie participated in the Archer Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. and interned with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work? (Ex. Hobbies, volunteer work)
I love to bike, travel, and explore DC. When I’m not out running around, I play board games and make very slow progress on learning to cook.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
The people at Ed Trust are unapologetic in identifying the causes of inequity and courageous in fighting on behalf of underserved students. It’s an impactful organization because the work is driven by our mission, informed by evidence, and carried out by smart, dedicated individuals with a shared commitment to advancing educational justice.