Kate Casas, State Director


For more than 10 years, Kate Casas has been committed to establishing strategies, policies, and objectives that aim to improve the state of education not only for Missouri families, but for families nationwide.  In 2005 Kate received acceptance into Teach for America, a highly competitive national teaching program in at-risk urban school districts. As part of the Teach for America Corps in St. Louis, Kate structured reading and math growth programs, and she also evaluated and diagnosed student performance in order to adjust instruction to meet the students’ needs.

After completing this teaching program in 2007, Kate helped open the first Big Picture Elementary School, where she also taught 4th grade. Here, Kate developed individualized learning plans with an emphasis on literacy.

In 2008, after earning her Master of Arts degree in teaching from Webster University, Kate accepted the position of Associate Director, Education and Youth Policy for Urban Strategies, Inc., in St. Louis. As Associate Director, Kate developed and implemented programs, services, and other strategies for improving outcomes and conditions for children and youth in partner communities.

Most recently, Kate was named Senior Project Manager for Urban Strategies,  where she managed community engagement, neighborhood assessments, and human capital planning and implementation.

In addition to her M.A., Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Political Science. She has worked extensively on identifying and advocating for policy issues that benefit education. Kate is an active member of the Educational Partnership Board, the Center of Creative Arts Junior Board, and the Teach for America Political Working Group. Kate, her husband Martin, and their daughter reside near Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.