Kate Walsh President

Kate Walsh has served as the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality since 2003, leading work to ensure that every child has equal access to effective teachers. At NCTQ, Walsh has spearheaded efforts to instill greater transparency and higher standards among those institutions that exert influence and authority over teachers. Notably, she launched the first-ever review and rankings of the nation's teacher preparation programs. Previously, Walsh worked at The Abell Foundation in Baltimore, the Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Core Knowledge Foundation. Among her accomplishments, she: started and ran a boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa, in order to educate at-risk boys from Baltimore; founded one of the nation's premier STEM programs, yielding numerous Intel Talent Search winners for Baltimore City; and, started the first alternative certification program for teachers in Maryland. A long-time resident of Baltimore, Walsh has also served on the Maryland State School Board.

Kate tweets @nctqkate
Kathleen Bolles Director of Finance

Kathleen joined NCTQ in 2005. She has a BS in Business Administration from Towson University and is a Quickbooks ProAdvisor. She handles the organization's Financial and HR functions.
Sarah Brody Vice President of External Relations

Sarah Brody serves as NCTQ's Vice President of External Affairs after having worked at Charter Board Partners as the nonprofit's Director of Development and External Affairs. Prior to that, she managed fundraising and assisted with state policy work for NCTQ from 2009-2013. Sarah began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching high school English in the School District of Philadelphia and then at Mastery Charter School. Sarah holds an MS in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in English and history from Emory University.
Graham Drake Director, Teacher Preparation Strategies

Graham joined NCTQ in 2011 following the completion of a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Kentucky where he concentrated on education policy. He gained experience working in Washington during an internship at the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Graham has previous classroom experience following the attainment of a BA and MA in Secondary Social Studies Education which were also earned at the University of Kentucky.
Eric Duncan Director of Communications

Eric's background includes time in the Office of the Secretary, US Department of Education, advancing the educator-facing P-12 initiatives of then Secretary John B. King. In addition to supporting the Secretary's Teach to Lead Initiative to promote teacher leadership, he led the Department's work to support national efforts to diversify the teaching profession through policy initiatives and highlighting promising national practices. Eric was a high school Social Studies teacher at Crim Open Campus High School in Atlanta GA and a middle school English teacher at KIPP DC AIM Academy in Washington DC. He has a BA from Emory University and a JD from Wake Forest School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Georgia.
Nicole Gerber Communications Associate and State Policy Analyst

Nicole joined the NCTQ team with nine years of teaching experience at the secondary level. She has taught history, economics, English literature, and government in North Carolina, West Africa, and DC. Nicole holds a BA in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Science.
Karen Gray Executive Assistant to the President

Karen Gray comes to NCTQ with a richly varied professional background, including over 15 years in private practice as a life coach. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister, and continues to lead ceremonies and worship services, and to answer pastoral care calls. She's also a jazz vocalist who has led hundreds of performances, including at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, and countless private and public events. In a previous life, she worked in Organization Development for Goldman Sachs and Accenture. Karen holds a BA in General Liberal Arts from George Washington University and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from Columbia University.
Ashley Kincaid Chief of Staff

Before joining NCTQ, Ashley co-founded and co-led Educators Rising, a national non-profit supporting high school-based teacher pathway programs. With more than a decade of experience in education, Ashley also served as Executive Director of Pi Lambda Theta and Director of Membership and Marketing for PDK International. In addition, she worked as an executive management consultant helping clients identify challenges and develop actionable solutions. Ashley holds a B.A. and an M.A. in organizational communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

Amber Moorer Director, District Initiatives

Amber is a former guidance counselor and K-12 research consultant for school districts and nonprofit organizations. She holds an Ed.M. in Risk and Prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in English and Psychology from Columbia University.
Kency Nittler Manager, Teacher Trends

Kency manages NCTQ's Teacher Contract Database and serves as the lead data analyst for district projects. She has a Master of Public Policy degree from American University where she focused on statistical analysis and education policy and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UCLA.
Laura Pomerance Senior Analyst, Teacher Preparation Strategies

Laura Pomerance taught middle school and high school physics and biology for five years before joining NCTQ. She has also worked in science education policy for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as a legislative assistant in the Maryland State Legislature, and in Congress. She holds a M.Ed in secondary education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BA in physics and biology from Swarthmore College.
Hannah Putman Director of Research

Hannah comes to NCTQ following four years conducting education research with Westat, a social science research company. Her projects included work on informal science education and teacher incentive programs. Prior to Westat, Hannah taught seventh and ninth grade English for three years in the Bronx, New York, as a Teach For America corps member. Hannah holds BA's in English and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, an MS in Teaching from Pace University, and an MPP from the George Washington University with a focus on education policy and evaluation.
Rob Rickenbrode Senior Managing Director, Teacher Preparation Strategies

Robert Rickenbrode served as the Chief Academic Officer and mathematics/computer science teacher for the Cesar Chavez Charter Schools in DC for nine years prior to joining NCTQ. Before that, he worked in the San Juan School District in Utah and for seven years was a member of the 'Ndahoo'aah Summer Program at Monument Valley High School. He is on the board of the Bryant Woods Montessori School in Maryland. He holds a MA in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in economics from the California Institute of Technology.
Elizabeth Ross Managing Director, State Policy

Elizabeth has dedicated her professional life to ensuring that all students have access to an excellent education. She began her career as a third grade teacher at Simon Elementary School in Washington, D.C. and most recently worked at the U.S. Department of Education on initiatives including: ESEA flexibility, Excellent Educators for All, and regulations and guidance under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Elizabeth holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, where she studied English Literature and Government; an M.A.T. from American University; a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she was a public interest scholar; and an Ed.M. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she was a Zuckerman Fellow.
Catherine Worth State Policy Analyst

Catherine began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member, teaching middle school math in Dallas, Texas. She has also worked as a Policy & Advocacy Fellow with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and as an education program evaluator with ImpactED Philadelphia. Catherine holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Southern Methodist University and an M.S.Ed in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.