Kate Kreamer

Kate works with the Executive Director to oversee the accomplishment of Advance CTE and The Center to Advance CTE's strategic plan and carry out the mission and vision of the organization. She serves as an organizational spokesperson, and specializes in state policy and strategic communications.

Kate Kreamer

Executive Director

Kate Kreamer serves as the Executive Director of the Advance CTE, leading policy and communications efforts to ensure each learner has access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). In her role, she manages large-scale projects that sit at the nexus of policy, advocacy, communications and implementation.

She first joined Advance CTE in 2013 as the Associate Executive Director, and was named Deputy Executive Director in 2015. During her tenure at Advance CTE, she has launched a dedicated body of work focused on state CTE policy, starting with the first State Policies Impacting CTE: Year in Review report in 2013; led the CTE Forward Summit, a convening of nearly 200 stakeholders co-hosted by nine national organizations that led to the publication of Without Limits: A Shared Vision for the Future of Career Technical Education; and helped secure funding from foundations and the federal and state governments to support a wide array of initiatives, including New Skills ready network, Strategies for Recruiting Students into High-Quality CTE, and Connecting Secondary Students to Apprenticeship Programs. Kate also coordinated the development of two Board of Director-approved strategic plans in 2016 and 2018, and has presented across the country on a variety of issues related to CTE and career readiness.

From 2006 to 2013, Kate worked at Achieve, beginning as a policy analyst and leaving the associate director of strategic initiatives. In that role, she led a range of policy, research, and communications projects to support states’ adoption and implementation of the college- and career-ready agenda. Kate also managed all of Achieve’s career readiness and CTE-related research, resources and partnerships.

Prior to her time at Achieve, Kate served as a policy advisor at Third Way, where she acted as a policy liaison between the organization and its Corporate Leadership Committee, engaging on a very broad legislative agenda. Kate also spent a year as a research assistant at the Progressive Policy Institute, focusing exclusively on education issues.

In 2007, Kate co-founded Young Education Professionals-DC (YEP-DC), a nonpartisan organization, created by and for young professionals, that connects tomorrow’s education leaders around the common goal of improving education through policy, research, and practice, and served as president of YEP-DC from 2007 to 2013. Kate also helped co-found and acts as a strategic advisor to YEP National, the umbrella organization that supports the now 15 YEP chapters across the country.

Kate received her bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University, and her master’s of public policy from Georgetown University, with a concentration in Education, Family, and Social Policy.