Katherine Saunders, Ed.M.

Senior Research Associate

Katherine Saunders,  Ed.M., is a senior research associate at the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute. In this role, she evaluates the effectiveness of UNCF’s programs and interventions and conducts research on the educational success and opportunities of African American and other minority student populations at historically black colleges and universities and comparable institutions. She also researches higher education issues of relevance to UNCF’s mission to better inform institutional strategies and public policies. Prior to joining FDPRI, Saunders was a policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, where she advocated for more effective federal- and state-level higher education and workforce policies to better meet the needs of nontraditional students. Her portfolio focused on issues of college affordability, federal financial aid, public benefits and education tax credits.

Saunders earned her master’s degree in higher education leadership from California State University, Fullerton, and her master’s in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education history from Arizona State University.