Katherine Lewandowski joined Wallace in 2012 as a senior program and research analyst, conducting research and analysis for projects across the foundation. In 2015, she was named a program officer, stepping into the role of senior program officer three years later. In this position, she manages grants and relationships and helps develop strategy for the Youth Development unit. She also serves as a steering committee member for the out-of-school-time impact group at Grantmakers for Education.
Her background includes both research and direct service to youngsters. Lewandowski has worked for several education not-for-profits focused on youth development, including NYC Outward Bound, Northwest Youth Corps, the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, and Roads to Success. She also taught English to 9th and 10th graders. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, she developed assessment tools and provided program support for the National Science Foundation's program on research and evaluation of science and engineering education.
Lewandowski has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in comparative human development from the University of Chicago. She lives with her two children, husband, and dog, Tulip, in Brooklyn. She serves on the board of Launch Expeditionary Charter School and is a member of Open New York, a group that advocates for new housing development and renter protections. In her free time, she enjoys biking, gardening, and running in Prospect Park with Tulip.