Chief Operations Officer
Karin Gerald joins the Project Ready team as the Chief Operations Officer, bringing over twenty years of experience leading strategic organizational initiatives and streamlining operations. Mrs. Gerald will utilize her extensive experience in organization startup while fulfilling her commitment to close the opportunity gap within our communities. As the COO, she is charged with defining and implementing the infrastructure and systems needed to grow the organization over the next five years.
Prior to joining Project Ready, Mrs. Gerald worked at Uncommon Schools North Star Academy for ten years. She initially joined the organization as the Network Director of Special Projects before assuming the role of Director of School Support. She developed the Newark school support team responsible for identifying and executing region-wide initiatives and systems, as well as implementing sustainable solutions as gaps were identified. During her last years with North Star Academy, she served as the Regional Senior Director overseeing the strategic plan for the region’s external affairs and managing relationships with school, regional, and community partners.
At Achievement First Hartford Elementary Academy, Mrs. Gerald served a similar role in managing the school’s non-instructional and operational obligations. As a Program Manager with Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, she spearheaded three programs across various schools within the Philadelphia school district. These programs focused on providing support and resources for students to stay in school, graduate from high school and attend college/postsecondary training. She also launched college readiness programs during her role as the GEAR UP Program Coordinator at Temple University, subcontracting and training eight colleges/universities to provide tutoring services and campus-based field experiences to 21 district schools.
Mrs. Gerald received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Psychology, as well as a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Temple University.