Kathryn Hickok joined Cascade Policy Institute in June 2005. She is Director of Cascade’s scholarship program for low-income children, the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland, and is Cascade’s Publications Director and Development Coordinator. She edits and oversees the publication of all of Cascade’s print and online material, assists with fundraising and donor relations, manages all aspects of the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland (including fundraising and donor relations), and writes and speaks on school choice and religious freedom issues.
Kathryn coauthored Cascade board member Larry Dennis’s book, 15 Leadership Principles and Ronald Reagan: Use Them to Change Your World. Her articles for Cascade have been published in print and online in statewide, local, and national media. Kathryn is a frequent guest on talk radio shows in the Portland, Salem, Central Oregon, and Southern Oregon radio markets, and at local grassroots events, on the subjects of education reform, school choice, and religious freedom. In 2013 she was invited to present a guest lecture at George Fox University as part of its Liberal Arts and Critical Issues lecture series.
Kathryn graduated with honors from the University of Portland with a degree in English and a minor in French. She edited the University’s student literary journal, UP Writers, and served as a foreign language textbook editor for a member of the faculty. A winner of several writing competitions, she was the only high school student to win Cascade’s Independence Essay Competition twice.
Kathryn has been a college-level French tutor, volunteer teacher, and choreographer for ballet students. She held several positions of leadership in a local service organization for young women.