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Catherine Pozniak




Catherine Pozniak

Dr. Catherine Pozniak is an educator with local, state, and national management experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Catherine served as assistant superintendent of Fiscal Operations & Federal Support at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). In this capacity, she managed the finances of six state agencies totaling over $5.5 billion annually, including the operating budgets for the LDOE, Recovery School District, and the Special School District. Catherine also oversaw programmatic and fiscal policy implementation of Louisiana’s state plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

During the COVID crisis, Catherine co-led Louisiana’s education response team, managing the rapid expansion of the state’s largest feeding network, administering federal aid to sustain early childcare centers and school systems, and developing guidance and resources for supporting students with disabilities during the extended school closures. Positioning Louisiana as the first state to submit waiver requests to the U.S. Department of Education, Catherine helped to shape an expedited state application process and led Louisiana to be among the first states approved for the Elementary and Secondary Schools Education Relief (ESSER) funding.

Prior to joining the LDOE, Catherine served as executive director of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and co-founder and chief operating officer of a local education nonprofit in Baton Rouge. Catherine began her career as a teacher in a two-classroom K-8 school on the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Reservation.

Catherine earned first class honors from the University of Sydney, a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, and is a Doctor of Education Leadership from Harvard University. She continues to be a certified K-8 teacher and holds a superintendent endorsement.

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