Kathleen Traphagan

STEM Consultant

Kathleen’s consulting practice supports multiple networks of grantmakers in the education, social-emotional learning, STEM, and early literacy spaces to increase their content expertise, understand and use current research, connect with like-minded grantmakers to launch collaborative initiatives, and increase their effectiveness and impact as grantmakers. She also authors working papers, strategic communications and other documents, and leads strategic planning for foundations, non-profits and government agencies.

“…collaborating on groundbreaking initiatives to improve access to high quality STEM learning for all children.

Before beginning her consulting practice, Kathleen was Executive Director of Boston’s 2:00-to-6:00 After-School Initiative, where she led the effort to bring together the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, the philanthropic and corporate sectors, and cultural and community-based organizations to expand and improve out-of-school time programming. 2:00 to-6:00 sparked the creation of the public/private After-School for All Partnership, and eventually, Boston After School & Beyond, which has been recognized as a national model in the field. Previously, Kathleen was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) and was responsible for supporting strategic collaboration between city, state and federal government, nonprofit organizations and the philanthropic community to advance a series of significant education and youth development projects.

Kathleen’s publications include:

Funders’ Guide to Quality in Out-of-School Time (2016, with Pamela Stevens, published by Grantmakers for Education’s Out-of-School Time Funder Network)

Assessing the Impacts of STEM Learning Ecosystems, (2015, with Saskia Traill, published by the Noyce Foundation.

Grantmakers and Thought Leaders on Out-of-School Time (2014, published by Grantmakers for Education.)

How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning (2014, with Saskia Traill, published by the Noyce Foundation.)

Time for Deeper Learning: Lessons from Five High Schools (2013, with Thomas Zorich, published by the National Center on Time & Learning.)

Strengthening Science Education: The Power of More Time to Deepen Inquiry and Engagement (2011, with David Farbman, published by the National Center on Time & Learning.)

Expanded Time, Enriching Experiences: Expanded Learning Time Schools and Community Organization Partnerships (2010, with Christine Johnson Staub, published by the Center for American Progress.)

Reading Success by Fourth Grade: A Blueprint for Springfield (2010, published by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.)

Achieving, Connecting, Thriving: A Results Framework for Boston’s Youth. (2009, with Liz O’Connor. Co-developer of ACT Framework.)

Transforming the Boston Public Schools: A Roadmap for the New Superintendent (2006, Editor and project manager, published by the Citizen Commission on Academic Success for Boston Children.)

Kathleen received her BA with Honors from Carnegie Mellon University and her MBA with recognition for superlative academic achievement from Northeastern University. Kathleen is based in western Massachusetts and can be reached at [email protected].

More About Me

I Bet You Didn’t Know

  • Keeping up with three teenagers, running the trails in beautiful Amherst MA where I live, volunteering for the local public schools and scheming to get to the ocean as many times as I can every year.

What I Love About My Job

  • People are smart, strategic, and fun – and doing transformational work to improve life chances for all kids.

A Transforming Moment

  • STEM Funders Network, started as an idea at a funders dinner nearly a decade ago, has evolved into a thriving network of grantmakers collaborating on groundbreaking initiatives to improve access to high quality STEM learning for all children. SFN is a valuable forum for funders to exchange ideas and knowledge with each other and the larger field.