About Us



Kate Sylvester

Kate Sylvester is vice president, Initiative for Military Families, of the America’s Promise Alliance.

Previously, Sylvester founded and directed the Social Policy Action Network, an organization that worked with state policymakers. Sylvester also served as vice president for domestic policy at the Washington, DC-based Progressive Policy Institute, where her advocacy on issues including teen pregnancy, welfare reform, and education was credited with numerous innovations in federal and state policy.    

Before turning to public policy work, Sylvester spent two decades as an award-winning journalist. She reported for NBC News, National Public Radio, and The Washington Star. She was also a founder of Governing magazine. She has contributed to numerous publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Newsday, The Huffington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, Policy & Practice, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Policy Review.

Raised in a military family, Sylvester attended 18 schools in 10 states before earning her undergraduate degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She earned a master’s degree from Wesleyan University, studied at the Yale Law School and spent a year at Stanford University as the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship. More recently, she completed the Stanford Business School’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.  

Katherine Gale

Katherine Gale is a policy consultant with the Initiative for Military Families.

Her professional experience began at Family Centers, Inc., a United Way not-for-profit based in Greenwich, CT. She then served as director of development for Classics Dance Theatre Company (CDT) in Stamford, CT.

While attending American University (AU) in Washington, DC, Gale traveled through Nepal, South Asia, researching education and social inclusion initiatives. She also began her veterans’ advocacy work at AU. She created and chaired the Civilian Corps auxiliary support group for AU’s chapter of Student Veterans of America, then served as vice president for the veteran and civilian components of the group.         

Gale also served as a student representative on AU’s Veteran Liaison Network, which brought students and administrators together to better address AU student veteran needs. Finally, she was AU student government’s first director of the Department of Military Affairs, working to establish long-term, institutionalized mechanisms to support a vibrant veteran community on campus. Gale earned a bachelor’s degree in literature from American University.

Additional Website Contributors

  • John Crown, former Staff Sergeant United States Marine Corps
  • Daniel Feeman, Cpl. United States Marine Corps, American University class of 2011
  • Kristi Huckabone, Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, George Washington University class of 2012
  • Mary Patricia Leslie, American University class of 2013
  • Andrew Lobel, American University class of 2010
  • Jasmine Reid, Yale University