About Kate


Kate has advised students on college and graduate school applications for over thirty years. Her advisees come from every population: the very top and very bottom of their high school classes; public, private, faith-based and home schooled; ages 14 to 55; a wide range of academic interests; and a diverse mix of family backgrounds. Roughly forty percent of her students reside outside of the Los Angeles area.

Beyond her private practice, Kate is the College Counselor for the Institute for Educational Advancement, an organization serving gifted children of all ages. For IEA she has counseled very young students, including 14-year olds admitted to college. Kate worked for four years as a college counselor for the Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles, serving students who live below the poverty line.

Kate lectures regularly about the college application process. At the California Association for the Gifted 2018 Conference she presented "Working with Gifted Students and Their Families on College Applications." She has also spoken at Westmark School, North Hollywood High School's Highly Gifted Magnet School, the International Dyslexia Association's Pasadena-area parent support group, the Carolyn D. Bradley Scholars' Seminar, Institute for Educational Advancement’s Parent Support Group, IEA’s Apprenticeship and Explorer programs, and the Xiaomei Educational Services (Wuxi, China) Salon on College Admissions for Students and Parents. Her work was profiled on Microsoft's Daily EdVentures, and Kate published an article on early college entrance in ExpertBeacon.

Before becoming a Certified College Consultant, Kate was a Harvard College Teaching Fellow and advisor for students applying to graduate business schools. She began working with high school students as an English substitute teacher with a California Emergency Teaching Credential. She has a BA from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and completed coursework at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kate earned College Counseling Certification from University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the National and Western Associations for College Admission Counseling, the California Association for the Gifted, and the International Association for College Admission Professionals.

Kate has three children. One graduated from the University of San Diego, and two graduated from Yale University.

Photo: Rotunda at University of Virginia, by Timothy Jarrett / CC BY-SA