H. Kay Howard


Boston, MA

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As a Director based out of Third Sector’s Boston office, H. Kay supports government and nonprofit partners to leverage data, build feedback loops, and develop incentive structures that drive resources to improve education and employment outcomes in historically underserved communities. H. Kay manages Third Sector’s work locally in Massachusetts to link public benefits data statewide and to implement outcomes-based approaches for economic mobility programs. She also oversees the Pay for Success in Higher Education national cohort.

Prior to joining Third Sector, H. Kay worked at Civic Consulting Alliance, a public sector consulting firm in Chicago, where she led a project to redesign Cook County Central Bond Court in order to promote fairer bond-setting. H. Kay also spent five years on the operations and programs teams of The Partnership Schools, a nonprofit school management organization in New York City. There, she trained and coached school-based Operations Managers to streamline the business aspects of running elementary schools. She also managed the six Partnership Schools’ after-school and scholarship programs.

H. Kay graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College with a B.A. in English literature and religion. She also holds an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in Finance and was recognized as a McGowan Fellow and Youn Impact Scholar. When not working to improve education and economic mobility outcomes,  H. Kay enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, and generally exploring the outdoors with her husband, miniature schnauzer, and two toddler boys, who recently joined her family from foster care in Massachusetts.