Kati, one of the nation's leading child advocates in the field of education, currently serves as president of the Education Trust. Established in 1992, the Trust advocates for young people, especially those who are poor or members of minority groups, by providing hands-on assistance to urban school districts and universities working together to improve student achievement, kindergarten through college. Before arriving at the Education Trust, Kati served as executive vice president of the Children's Defense Fund, the nation's largest child-advocacy organization. A native Californian, she founded and served as president of the Achievement Council, a statewide organization that provides assistance to teachers and principals in predominantly minority schools. Previously, Kati served as director of the Outreach and Student Affirmative Action programs for the nine-campus University of California system.