Kathy Booth

Senior Research Associate

Kathy Booth
Kathy Booth is a Senior Research Associate at WestEd where she translates research findings so that practitioners can apply them to pressing concerns and facilitating opportunities for community college leaders to develop action plans based on evidence. Her recent projects include developing the LaunchBoard — a data system that links educational, labor market, and employment outcomes data; facilitating the creation of assessment competencies for the California Community College Common Assessment Initiative; and documenting employment outcomes for skills-builders — students who engage in short-term course-taking to advance their careers. Previously, Booth served as the Executive Director of the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group). There she played a lead role in activities such as developing the Career and Technical Education Outcomes Survey, expanding research on the use of high school data to inform placement into basic skills courses, and documenting effective approaches to student support. Booth has also worked on national projects including the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Gates Foundation’s Completion by Design, and developmental education initiatives for Achieving the Dream. She received a BA in women's studies, with a focus on integrating diversity into progressive politics, from Wesleyan University.