Kate Lapham is the deputy director of the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations. Her work focuses on overcoming barriers to education for communities facing exclusion or discrimination. Based in New York, Lapham has worked with communities, civil society groups, and education policymakers in Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and Mongolia for more than 20 years. She joined the Open Society Education Support Program from IREX, a nonprofit organization dedicated to quality education, independent media, and strong civil society.
Lapham has developed initiatives to strengthen civil society through exploration of common interests and challenges, including research for evidence-based advocacy, support for organizational development among start-up NGOs, and direct work with teachers and schools. She leads the Education Support Program’s grant making in support of the right to education in fully inclusive settings. Her publications include Learning to See Invisible Children: Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Central Asia and “Including Children with Disabilities in Tajikistan’s Education System: Global Ideas, Local Tensions” in Globalization on the Margins.
Lapham holds a PhD in comparative and international education from Lehigh University, an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a BS in foreign service from Georgetown University.