Katrina Stevens serves as a senior advisor to the Jefferson Education Exchange.
Katrina has supported this project since its inception when she provided feedback to Dean Pianta as he shared his vision for what would become the Jefferson Education Accelerator on a whiteboard. When Bart Epstein was tapped to lead this new organization, Katrina was instrumental in helping launch the new organization. Most recently Jefferson Education again tapped Katrina’s expertise in the rollout of the newly formed Jefferson Education Exchange.
Katrina Stevens, former Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, has extensive experience in multiple roles in the ed tech ecosystem: teacher, administrator, policymaker, startup cofounder, consultant, board member, advisor, angel investor, journalist, and community organizer. Throughout these roles, including 20 years as a teacher and administrator, her focus has been on bringing together stakeholders from across the ed tech ecosystem for meaningful dialogue and action.
As OET Deputy Director, Katrina led the work for rapid cycle tech evaluations, Future Ready, ed tech developer outreach, and education innovation clusters. Previous to working at the U.S. Department of Education, Stevens served as the EdSurge Summit Director and Founding Executive Director of EdTech Maryland. In both roles, Katrina fostered collaboration among educators, edtech startups, researchers, and community leaders.
Katrina also co-founded and moderates #edtechchat, a weekly Twitter conversation, served as an international Startup Weekend Education Facilitator, and launched an active monthly ed tech happy hour. She also wrote extensively about ed tech issues internationally.
Before working in central office in Baltimore County Public Schools, Katrina spent three years working with the Ministry of Education in Bermuda for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth to launch a lab school and gifted program for students across the island.