Director of State Research and Special Projects Drew Catt conducts geospatial analyses, analyses on private educational choice programs and surveys of private school leaders and parents of school-aged children.
Prior to joining EdChoice—formerly the Friedman Foundation—in May 2013, Drew served as the program associate for The Clowes Fund, a private family foundation located in Indianapolis that awards grants to nonprofits in Seattle, Greater Indianapolis and Northern New England.
Drew graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development, specializing in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. While at Vanderbilt, Drew served as assistant for North Star Destination Strategies, a community branding organization. During that time, Drew also researched the effects of homeschooling on socialization.
Drew received his Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis. He also received his Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies through the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. While in graduate school, Drew’s research focused on teacher performance incentives and cross-sector collaboration. Drew recently received a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from IUPUI.
Drew is a native of central Indiana and currently resides in downtown Indianapolis with his wife Elizabeth and their son Theodore.
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Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement
Seeing the sacrifices my parents made to homeschool me when the public elementary school across the cornfield wasn’t going to be the best option inspired me to join this movement. It’s all about finding the best fit school for students at each stage of their lives. I’m a product of all three sectors of education: I was homeschooled for primary school, attended my local public secondary school, went to an out-of-state private university for undergrad and then returned to Indiana and received graduate degrees from a local public university.