Katie Braude 

Executive Director


Katie Braude co-founded Speak UP in March 2016 with a group of LAUSD parents who want a more powerful voice in education policy.  Katie’s participation in public education efforts in Los Angeles spans three decades. In the 1990s, when her children were attending LAUSD schools, she helped lead parents, teachers and administrators to design and launch the Palisades Charter School Complex, the first K-12 public charter school complex in the country. The Palisades Charter Schools sought to foster a high-quality, K-12 articulated curriculum serving all students in an ethnically and economically diverse student body. From 2005-2010, Katie served as Director of Advancement to the KIPP LA schools. Prior to launching Speak UP, she was a Senior Consultant to Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, the nation’s first evidence-based parent leadership training program for Latino parents of children 5 and under. Katie was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education from 2011-2017.