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Kathy Booth

Kathy Booth leads projects that help translate data into action. She also helps to map data across systems, including crosswalking K–12 and community college offerings, tracing adult education pathways from K–12 to community colleges, documenting education pathways to employment, and aligning data from educational institutions and social service agencies that support workforce development.

Booth currently serves as the Process Facilitator for the development of the California Cradle to Career Data System. In addition, she supports the Guided Pathways movement, including serving as Associate Director for the California Guided Pathways project and conducting research with the Community College Research Center on how colleges have integrated career and transfer partnerships into their pathways reform efforts.
For over five years, she served as the Project Manager and architect for the LaunchBoard, a suite of online data dashboards that make data on student progress, completion, employment, and earnings outcomes available to educators for the purpose of program improvement.

Previously, Booth served as the Executive Director of the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges. 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, investigating employment outcomes for short-term training, 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.