Kathryn York in front of art wall

Kathryn is a working mom who believes in the power and possibility of all Mississippians. Her experiences as a parent, teacher, and business leader taught her that when we put the right people and the right resources in the right places, we can transform our
state and foster thriving communities.

Kathryn studied English and Philosophy at the University of Georgia. After graduating in 2004, Kathryn joined Teach For America and moved to Marks, Mississippi, to build a choral music program at Madison S. Palmer High School. Kathryn stepped out of the classroom
to lead the Thacker Mountain Radio hour, where she built a 500+ membership program, expanded the program’s in-state reach, and founded a thriving internship group. In 2015, she graduated with her M.A. from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Now, Kathryn serves as Teach For America – Greater Delta’s Head of Staff and works with teachers across Mississippi and Arkansas.

Kathryn lives in Water Valley with her husband, Joe, and their two children, Emma and Herschel.