Kate Szczerbacki

Director of Learning, Evaluation, and Capacity Building


Kate joined the Foundation as part of its Research and Evaluation unit in 2018. In her current role as Director of Learning, Evaluation, and Capacity Building, she guides data, evaluative, and Nonprofit Support Program work in support of the Foundation’s mission and strategic priorities. Kate leads teams responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of knowledge and capacity building resources, supports, and approaches grounded in equitable principles that are in service of strengthening the regional nonprofit ecosystem.

Previously, Kate worked as a program evaluator in Massachusetts and Connecticut for more than ten years. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from Alfred University, her JD from the SUNY Buffalo Law School, and her PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?
I appreciate the natural beauty and access to recreational opportunities in the region. The varied walking, hiking, and horseback riding trails and spaces are wonderful.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” - Marian Wright Edelman

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I enjoy pitching in at horse shows in New England and have previously volunteered in local political campaigns.