Kathy Lally, vice president, growth and impact, joined CIS in August 2015 and drives Communities In Schools efforts to showcase best in class affiliates and increase the number of students who successfully graduate from school across the country. Before joining CIS, Kathy had a number of roles leading children and family programming. She’s served as chief of staff/deputy executive director for the Data Quality Campaign, headed the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Office of Out-of-School Time and was executive director of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families, one of 24 local management boards statewide charged with improving child well-being in every Maryland community. This quote from Thomas Moore’s Care of the Soul sums up her philosophy about education, “Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities--that's training or instruction--but is rather a making visible what is hidden as a seed...” When not driving results at CIS, she spends time with her significant other, two rescued felines and planning her next trip to the Caribbean. Kathy earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Connecticut and holds a master of public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.