Program Manager for Leadership Development and International Programs, Smithsonian Science Education Center
Katherine Pedersen Blanchard is Program Manager for Leadership Development and International Programs at the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). She creates, manages, and supports the implementation of professional development workshops, leadership institutes, and large-scale education transformation projects throughout the US and internationally. The main focus of her work and current research interest is on how community engagement – including the engagement of teachers, schools, businesses and parents – can support the growth of an educational program, and empower students. Prior to coming to the SSEC in 2012 she worked for theatre companies in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Belgrade, Serbia and completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship at the University of Belgrade. Katherine graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a BA in Theatre Arts and Political Science, and completed her Master’s Degree in International Education with a focus on national education policy from The George Washington University.