Karen Cator – Worldwide Education Strategy, Apple Inc.

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Karen Cator

Worldwide Education Strategy, Apple Inc.

Karen Cator served as the President and CEO of Digital Promise through its expansion phase from 2013 – 2020. Previously, she was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader policies and support. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. She is a leading voice for transforming American education through technology, innovation and research.

She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher and administrator and also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon and received the 2014 College of Education Distinguished Alumni award. The American Association of Publishers awarded Cator with the 2014 Visionary Award. She received her bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College and received the 2015 Distinguished Alumna award. She is an Aspen Pahara Fellow and the past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.