Kathryn Taylor (she/her) works closely with Deborah Loewenberg Ball to develop and implement Dr. Ball’s research, communications, and strategy efforts. This includes reading current scholarship, compiling data, and writing to support Dr. Ball’s ongoing research agenda; preparing speeches and presentations on Dr. Ball’s behalf; maintaining Dr. Ball’s website; and contributing expertise to the fundraising and donor stewardship efforts of TeachingWorks. Kathryn also collaborates with Dr. Ball and members of her research team to develop new research ideas, draft funding proposals, and refine dissemination plans.
Kathryn brings to her work a deep commitment to advancing social justice, dismantling white supremacy, and decentering whiteness in education. In addition to featuring this commitment prominently in Dr. Ball’s work, she also contributes to the school’s diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) agenda. Kathryn served on the Marsal School School's Diversity Advisory Committee from 2020 to 2022, was a member of the planning and facilitation team for the Staff dije Professional Learning Community from 2020 to 2021, and received the Staff dije Award in 2020 and the Staff Recognition Award for Excellence in Building a More Inclusive Community in 2018.
Kathryn joined the Marsal School in 2006. Before moving into her current role, she served in the development office as associate director and in the dean’s office as coordinator of executive communications. Kathryn began her career as a grant writer for an environmental research organization in New York City before returning to Michigan to serve as director of development for a human service agency serving homeless families.