Community Leadership Mentors


Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University along with a master’s degree in public administration and a juris doctor degree from St. Mary’s University.

Kathy Zarate is Senior Fellows Coordinator with Texas OnCourse, a college and career preparedness initiative housed at the University of Texas at Austin. Kathy manages a fellowship for secondary counselors to promote college and career initiatives in Texas to ensure that all students graduate high school prepared for postsecondary success.

After completing her graduate studies, Kathy was selected for the Government of District of Columbia’s Capital City Fellows program, where she rotated to three different district agencies such as the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Education. Prior to joining Texas OnCourse, Kathy served as a developmental education program specialist at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and managed a college readiness program for four years at Austin Partners in Education. In her spare time, Kathy volunteers with Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit providing free youth creative writing programs, leading weekly writing workshops with students from T.A. Brown Elementary School.


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