Kate Warren Barnes

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Kate Warren Barnes

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Kate joined Jumpstart in July of 2023 as the Vice President of Policy and Government Relations and is currently serving as the Head of Strategic Partnerships. In this role, Kate embodies the African Proverb – if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together. Kate does this by curating and nurturing Jumpstart’s strategic relationship and movement-building with policymakers, community-based organizations, higher education partners, and early education and care providers, to advance Jumpstart’s equity-focused early education mission. Kate is a social worker and a relentless champion for social justice who has worked to build a more equitable world using relational organizing and policy advocacy to dismantle systemic oppression. For over a decade, Kate has utilized roles in external affairs combined with an inclusive leadership style, to promote movement building in community with children and families to improve health and wellbeing. Examples of this include Kate’s service in policy and government affairs roles at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter, and Harbor Health Services. In service to her community, Kate also serves as a licensed foster care provider and volunteers on several nonprofit boards including the American Civil Liberties Union Massachusetts, and Project Bread, a statewide nonprofit working to solve and prevent hunger in Massachusetts. As a curious lifelong learner and believer that education is a form of liberation, Kate serves as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s Graduate School of Social Work and is a doctoral student at the Sacred Heart University School of Social Work. Kate also holds a master's degree in social work from Salem State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. Kate strives to balance work, academics, and community service by finding joy in soul care which includes exploring different health, wellness, and spiritual practices, traveling, vegan baking, and cheering on the New England Patriots.

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