Kate Hayes Hoffman, MS

Strategic Partnerships & School Innovation

Kate Hayes Hoffman has dedicated her professional career to facilitating educational transformation through innovative school models, partnerships, and technology access for Philadelphia students. With more than a decade of experience in the School District of Philadelphia, Kate’s expertise lies in designing and facilitating strategic partnerships to connect nonprofits, universities, and corporations to schools, increasing resources and real-world exposure for students.

Kate began her career as a founding educator at School of the Future (SOF), a Philadelphia public high school partnered with the Microsoft Corporation. As a School Counselor and Organizational & Roster Chair, she cultivated and managed a broad network of strategic partnerships; facilitated access to technology and college and career readiness; and achieved the school’s goal of 100% post-secondary school acceptance. With a needed increase in school resources and growing external interest, Kate changed roles within SOF to establish the School of the Future Partnership Foundation (SOFPF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to support the curricular and technological needs of the school. As the Director of SOFPF, Kate aligned school supporters and partners to ensure an increase in external funding and 1:1 technology for SOF students and educators.

Kate’s broad experiences at SOF lead her to independent consulting in the area of strategic school partnerships and innovative school models. Kate has worked with the Building 21 Schools Network to support student pathway design and partnership integration in both Philadelphia and Allentown, PA. Her work includes designing school systems that support external learning opportunities, individualizing student pathways, and engaging partners across the schools.

Kate was also the co-founder of an educator professional development organization, What If Partners, LLC, and has taught as adjunct professor for the Villanova University Honors Program, facilitating a service-learning course titled “Public Education and Policy Reform” for honors students. She is a graduate of Villanova University, having earned both her BA and Masters in School Counseling. She is a proud mom of three children, who keep her focused on the power and potential of education.