Kathy A.N. Grant
As Chief Information Officer, Kathy is responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s information technology, including strategic planning, enterprise applications, Help Desk operations, cybersecurity, and network infrastructure. She leads the IT team’s efforts to improve efficiency through connected systems, increase transparency and empowerment through broader access to data, enhance relationships with key stakeholders, and provide a secure and optimal technology experience for foundation staff.
Throughout Kathy’s tenure at Hewlett she has worked with multiple cross-functional teams to use technology to streamline the foundation’s business processes. She facilitated the early efforts to convert from paper to online and most recently provided oversight to migrate the foundation’s operational systems for finance, contracts, grants management, and CRM to the cloud.
Kathy’s passion for leveraging technology t0 help communities achieve their educational goals also led her to work concurrently for five years as a program officer with the foundation’s Education Program. Her grant portfolio focused on Open Educational Resources (OER) and included advancing access to openly-licensed teaching and learning resources, scaling OER practice and usage across government policies and educational institutions globally, and supporting international field building. She served as the program liaison with USAID, U.S. Department of State, and UNESCO OER initiatives.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2006, Kathy was the Associate Director of HR Information Systems at Borders Group, Inc., where she led a company-wide project to launch a new hiring system across 1,200 retail locations and chaired the PeopleSoft Retail Industry User Group. Kathy also spent five years as a Computer Communications Officer in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Arkansas and Okinawa. During that time she managed multiple communications and information security programs and provided special projects support for the largest logistics group in the Pacific region.
Kathy earned her B.S. in Computer Science at Santa Clara University and her M.A. in East Asian Studies and M.B.A. at Stanford University. Her volunteer service includes past work with the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team, the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka, and the Technology Association of Grantmakers board of directors.