Kathleen Padian joined TenSquare as a Partner in 2015 and opened its second office in New Orleans, LA. Kathleen has 25 years of experience working in the public education sector. She most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent for the Orleans Parish School Board where she created the authorizing office for charter schools and designed the first accountability framework. In that role she was also responsible for the office of facilities where she managed more than $400 million in school construction and enovation projects. Prior to OPSB, Kathleen founded the New Orleans School Facility Project (LA) which was funded by the Walton Family Foundation and was the only organization to convene stakeholders around the massive reconstruction of New Orleans public schools following the devastation following Hurricane Katrina. Kathleen has also served as Vice President of Building Hope (DC) as the National Director of Development for New Leaders (NY), as Strategic Investments Director for Fight for Children (DC) and was responsible for the multi-site expansion of St. Coletta of Greater Washington, raising more than $12 million and directly managing the strategic planning for its new 100,000 square foot facility in the District of Columbia.
Kathleen began her career as a high school English teacher in CT and as a special education teacher for children with severe and profound disabilities at St. Coletta. Kathleen holds degrees in English from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Quinnipiac University and earned special education certification at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia where she also studied Educational Leadership.