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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By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 30, 2020

Charter Schools May Be Leading the Way During Covid-19

Last week I looked at the stark disparities in the quality of online instruction offered to children during the COVID-19 school closures, comparing Princeton Regional Public…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 24, 2020

COVID-19 Shows Why We Need Public Schools Now More Than Ever

“Mr. Kelly, what happens next?” As a teacher, I have heard some version of that question countless times in different circumstances over the years. However,…

By Patrick Kelly

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