Our Team


Katherine Bathgate

Katherine Kellett Bathgate has spent more than 10 years working at the intersection of public policy, communications, and advocacy. She is passionate about developing and executing strategic communications campaigns to help organizations meet their specific goals. Her past experience includes leading the communications and marketing work of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools where she was responsible for ensuring the organization’s earned media, social media, and marketing strategies met concrete objectives to advance the national charter school movement. She has secured media coverage from hundreds of news outlets across the country ranging from local papers to major cable news channels. She previously served as Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce where she launched and oversaw the committee’s award-winning digital communications work, including the production of videos, marketing collateral, and various social media campaigns. 


Starlee Coleman

Starlee Coleman has 20 years of experience turning public policy ideas into laws. Through strategic public affairs and PR campaigns, grassroots engagement, and coalition development, Starlee has contributed to the passage of dozens of bills in state legislatures, Congress, and at the ballot box. She has developed public relations and marketing campaigns to pass charter school laws in states without them, strengthen charter school laws in states where they are weak, and tell the positive story of charter schools through the national media. She spent eight years at a policy and public interest law organization where her work earned a Templeton Freedom Award. She has also provided strategic communications advice to multiple policy organizations across the country. Starlee is a seasoned communicator, having done hundreds of media interviews, including appearances on nationally-syndicated radio and TV programs, and a weekly segment on the Phoenix, Ariz. NBC affiliate.