Katherine Sledge is the Policy Manager for Youth and Education Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Katherine oversees the planning, implementation, and completion of FPF’s projects related to youth and education privacy. This includes the creation and dissemination of resources and expert insights; convening of stakeholders; management of the student privacy resource website, the Student Privacy Compass; and management of the Student Privacy Pledge application process and website, in addition to organizational support for the Youth and Education Privacy team. The Youth and Education Privacy team is a nationally-recognized leader in the child, K-12, and higher education privacy spaces, providing advice and insights for policymakers, academics, companies, districts, and states on emerging privacy topics such as student data collection and management, virtual learning, school safety, and education technology.
Before coming to FPF, Katherine worked with the executive team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She also has national and state-level political advocacy experience at the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to transitioning to a career in public policy, Katherine was the Operations Specialist at an environmental firm, where she headed administrative and logistical support for environmental remediation projects across the US.
Katherine graduated from American University with a Master of Public Administration with a custom concentration in Applied Politics: Women, Public Policy, and Political Advocacy. In addition to the core public administration curriculum, which included topics such as nonprofit management, organizational analysis, and project management, Katherine’s academic work explored the intersection of public policy and gender, as well as strategic advocacy. Originally from Tennessee, Katherine attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science.