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Karen Cator

President and CEO

Digital Promise



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Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise and a leading voice for transforming American education through technology, innovation and research. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. Cator holds a master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College.

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