Katherine Gallagher Robbins

Katherine Gallagher Robbins
Director, Child Care and Early Education
Policy expertise: 
Child Care and Early Education
Two-Generation Policies
Children, Youth & Families
Racial Equity
Data and Disparities

Katherine Gallagher Robbins is CLASP's child care and early education director. She works to increase access to high-quality child care and early education for families and children who have low incomes, with a focus on policies that support child development and the needs of low-income working parents. Robbins brings expertise on family economic security and family policy.

Prior to joining CLASP, Robbins was the senior director of poverty policy at the Center for American Progress. In that role, she worked to reduce economic insecurity and cut poverty with a special focus on women, people of color, and people with disabilities. She also previously served as the director of research and policy analysis for the National Women’s Law Center.

Robbins earned her undergraduate degree in government at The College of William and Mary. She holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2009 she was a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Quantitative Social Science. Prior to graduate school, she was a campus organizer for the California Public Interest Research Group at the University of California, San Diego.