Kathy Hurley

Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, CEO


Kathy Hurley, most recently Executive Vice President Education Alliances, for the Pearson Foundation, is a 40+ year veteran of the education industry. Kathy’s wealth of knowledge both in publishing and technology aided the Foundation with its work in promoting literacy and global projects. Throughout her career in the education industry Kathy has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, which includes executive positions with Pearson and IBM. She utilizes her expertise in education policy, sales, marketing and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive level customers, associations and foundations.


Kathy is based in Washington, D.C., where she works closely with education associations. Kathy, along with Priscilla Shumway, recently co-edited their first book, Real Women, Real Leaders, featuring 24 women who are top leaders in their field. In this capacity, she currently serves on several key industry and education advisory boards. Kathy has received several awards for her efforts in education.


Her work throughout the years with various businesses and organizations has taken Kathy around the world and into various countries such as, India, Australia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, France, Finland, Argentina, Indonesia, Cuba and others. She is sought after to speak and participate as a thought leader and her global commitment and wealth of knowledge helps organizations develop new and innovative approaches to education. In 2013, Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University for 2014.


Kathy holds a B.A. degree in special education from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in education from Jersey City State College. She is a former NJ teacher.


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