Kathryn Taylor (she/her/hers) works closely with Deborah Loewenberg Ball to develop and implement Dr. Ball’s strategic communication efforts. This includes preparing speeches, talking points, reports, presentations, testimonies, statements, articles, op-eds, press releases, and other written materials in connection with speaking engagements, media requests, and public policy opportunities. Kathryn also listens critically to Dr. Ball’s ideas in development and provides expert feedback and guidance to improve their clarity and impact.
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 communication efforts, she also works to advance the school’s diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) agenda. Kathryn serves as a member of the inaugural dije Professional Learning Community 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 School of Education 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.