Joe McTighe
Executive Director


  • Private schools

Joe McTighe has been executive director of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) since July 1996. CAPE is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. CAPE’s mission is to preserve and promote educational pluralism so that parents have a choice in the schooling of their children. Prior to his service at CAPE, McTighe worked for 15 years as associate director at the New York State Catholic Conference, where he served as executive secretary to the NYS Council of Catholic School Superintendents. Before that, McTighe worked in the Catholic schools office for the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., served as principal of a Catholic elementary school in Albany, and taught at an inner-city Catholic school in Manhattan. McTighe received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Manhattan College, a master’s in philosophy from The New School for Social Research, and completed his doctoral coursework in philosophy and education at Columbia University, though he does not have a doctorate. McTighe is an avid runner, swimmer and biker, and enjoys singing in his church’s choir.