Katherine Socha is the Director of Education Policy at Math for America. Formerly a tenured associate professor of mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland, she served there as the founding advisor of the Women in Science House, co-founder of the mathematics Emerging Scholars Program, and founder of a series of summer REUs for underrepresented students in mathematics.
Katherine was a 2009-2010 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and she co-directed the whydomath project of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. She received the 2008 Lester R. Ford Award for expository excellence and the 2008 Henry L. Alder Award for distinguished teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. She was a 2002-03 Project NExT Fellow and a co-author with Barry Cipra of the 2001 Mathematics Awareness Month Theme Essay, "Math and the Ocean." Katherine's PhD in mathematics is from The University of Texas at Austin, MS in Mathematical Sciences from Portland State University, and BA from Reed College.