Meet Kate Kennedy. Kate Kennedy joined CPCF’s board in late 2015 and brings over 12 years of experience as a nonprofit executive in fundraising, community organizing, volunteer development, and membership recruitment. She is currently the Director of Development for the Washington School for Girls, a tuition-free private school serving girls from Anacostia, DC. Kate is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and holds an MBA from Georgetown University. She lives in the Hollywood neighborhood of College Park where she can frequently be seen at the Farmers Marker or cautiously riding her bike on the trolley trail with her boyfriend Bill.
Tell us about your day job. I work for a donation-supported all-girls school in Anacostia, DC for 3-8th graders. Many of the students enter the school testing far below grade level and over the course of the 6 years attending the school, they make tremendous progress academically and beyond. The neighborhood average graduation rate is under 50% while our 8th grade students go on to graduate high school over 98% of the time!
What is your favorite College Park location? I love spending time at Lake Artemesia and on the trolley trail leading to and from the park! I’ve also just started taking lessons at the College Park Tennis Club which is an impressive facility with great staff.
What was your first volunteer experience? In middle school, I was a Candy Striper at the Littleton Regional Hospital in New Hampshire. I distributed water and mail to the patients, greeted visitors, and once participated in an emergency response drill. My favorite part was the pink and white striped jumper uniform!