Katherine Plog Martinez

Katherine serves as a consultant on both The Forum for Youth Investment’s Big Picture Approach Consulting group and The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Katherine supports the Readiness Projects community in turning ideas into action and serves as a thought partner for the Wallace Foundation’s Partnership for Social Emotional Learning Initiative.

Prior to joining the Forum team, Katherine spent eight and a half years at Denver Public Schools (DPS) serving in roles including the Director of Extended Learning and Community Schools and Executive Director of Whole Child Supports. In her time with DPS, Katherine led the creation and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan that resulted in the strengthening of out-of-school-time programming in terms of quality, breadth, and depth. She also served as a co-founder of the Denver Afterschool Alliance – Denver’s out-of-school-time intermediary – and in that capacity helped launch the district’s first partnership and data sharing system. Katherine also had the great privilege of serving as the lead facilitator for the district’s Whole Child Task Force and helped define and set the direction of the district’s Whole Child Initiative.

Prior to DPS Katherine was the Director of Training & Community Services for Assets for Colorado Youth (ACY). Katherine and the ACY team provided training, coaching, and community mobilization grounded in positive youth development.

Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity University and a master’s degree in Family Studies & Human Services – Youth Development from Kansas State University.