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Kate Lefer has a life-long connection with Martha’s Vineyard, first coming here with her family from New York City when she was five years old. They fell in love with the Vineyard and vacationed here for over thirty years. Kate joined the year round island community in 2008, raising her two daughters here and working with students, families, and educators as a teacher in four of the island schools. For 22 years, Kate was a K-12 educator in public, independent, and charter schools in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. Kate graduated with a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Haverford College, received a M.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College, and holds a Massachusetts K-8 School Administrative License. Kate began her career working in television production as an assistant producer for ABC News and a public relations manager at Kaplan Educational Centers.

Kate joined the nonprofit world in the summer of 2022, seeking new ways to help others in the island community. She served as Program Director of the Community College Consortium, launching a new Early Childhood Education Cohort at the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Education and Training in the Fall of 2022, and now welcomes her role as the Operations Manager at the Community Foundation.

In her free time, Kate enjoys time with her two daughters, Hannah and Olivia, her husband, Chris, and her three grown stepsons. They love stay-cations and trips off-island to visit with family and friends.