Kati Haycock

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Accountability
  • Achievement gap
  • Achievement gap
  • College completion

Kati Haycock is president of The Education Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that works to close gaps in opportunity and achievement at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. Dubbed over a decade ago as “the most important truth-teller in American education,” Haycock is deeply knowledgeable and refreshingly honest on the subject of what available data say about who is succeeding in America’s schools and colleges, who is not, and why. She is a fierce advocate on behalf of low-income students and students of color, and is a widely sought-after speaker each year by audiences of educators, community and business leaders, and policymakers all over the country. Before founding The Education Trust, Haycock served as executive vice president of the Children’s Defense Fund, the nation’s largest child advocacy organization. A native Californian, she previously served as director of access and opportunity programs for the University of California system, then founded and served as president of the Achievement Council, which assisted teachers and principals in predominantly minority schools to improve student achievement.