Dr. Catherine Cushinberry was born and raised in Memphis, TN and a product of what was formerly called Memphis City Schools. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Human Development and Family Studies. Her M.A. from the University of Memphis and B.S. from Murray State University are in Organizational Communication. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over twenty years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors. Catherine relocated back to Memphis from Indianapolis where she served for almost three years as the National Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools. Prior to that role, she served for five years as the Director of Research for the National Office of Girls Inc. and four years as the Executive Director of a Boys and Girls Club in Tennessee. During her career, Catherine has published regularly on a wide variety of topics, including diversity issues and STEM. Additionally, she owned a consulting business and worked with clients in the U.S. and the Philippines, where she lived for a year. She is the only child of Matilda Cushinberry, a retired educator from Memphis City Schools. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.