Kati Haycock is one of the nation’s leading education advocates. She currently serves as president of The Education Trust. Established in 1996, the Trust works for the high academic achievement of students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. The organization’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement.rnrnBefore joining The Education Trust, Haycock served as executive vice president of the Children’s Defense Fund, the nation’s largest child advocacy organization. A native Californian, Haycock founded and served as president of The Achievement Council, a statewide organization that provided assistance to teachers and principals in predominantly minority schools to improve student achievement. She also previously served as director of outreach and student affirmative action programs for the nine-campus University of California system.rnrnShe serves as a director on several education-related boards, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The New Teacher Project, and the Hunt Institute.