Katie Braude

Executive Director, Speak UP

Los Angeles, California

Katie Braude is executive director of Speak UP and founder of Katie Braude Consulting, providing support to organizations and efforts seeking to achieve equity in public education. She is also a former member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, and she served as a senior consultant to Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors for strategic planning, development and communications. Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is the nation’s first evidence-based leadership training program developed by and for Latino parents of 0-5 year old children.

In the 1990s Braude helped lead parents and teachers in the launch and implementation of a charter school complex in Los Angeles. She served as Director of Advancement to the KIPP LA Schools from 2005-2010.

Katie served for six years as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education (LACOE). LACOE monitors the fiscal solvency for all 80 school districts in LA County, provides education for students in the County juvenile justice system, oversees California’s largest Head Start grantee program, and delivers a wide range of professional and technical assistance to the county’s school districts.

Katie Braude holds a B.A. in government from Smith College, M.A. in aesthetic education (Music Emphasis) from American University and M.A. in public health from University of California, Los Angeles.

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Posted Aug. 4, 2017

Los Angeles Parents Spoke Up and Got a School Board That Puts Kids First

One year ago this week, we introduced our organization, Speak UP, and its platform and principles. For far too long,…

By Jenny Hontz, Katie Braude

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Posted July 20, 2016

It’s Time for Parents to Speak UP

When parents at Broadway Elementary School’s Mandarin immersion program in Venice, California, wanted the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)…

By Jenny Hontz, Katie Braude

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Posted Sep. 18, 2015

The Tests Are New, But the Story’s the Same: What Will It Take to Close the Opportunity Gap?

Last week, California released the first set of results from the new standardized tests that are linked to the Common…

By Katie Braude

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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