Kate Lapham is a senior program manager for the Open Society Education Support Program. Lapham oversees the Education Support Program’s work combating discrimination and exclusion in education, program activities in the former Soviet Union, and the development of inclusive education as a program focus, and provides our oversees strategy consultations for national Open Society Foundations in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Mongolia, and Ukraine.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations in 2004, Lapham managed the USAID-funded Participation, Education, and Knowledge Strengthening (PEAKS) Project in Central Asia. Lapham was Deputy Director for Partnerships and Training at IREX in Moscow. She is currently a PhD candidate at Lehigh University with a research focus on educational inclusion of children with disabilities in the former Soviet Union. Lapham holds a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.