NSBA mourns the loss of former CUBE director

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is mourning the Oct. 9 passing of Katrina Kelley, who served as director of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) until earlier this year.

“She had tremendous passion, knowledge, and a strong commitment to helping urban school leaders find solutions to challenges at the local level and improve student achievement in their schools,” said Lisa Bartusek, NSBA’s associate executive director for State Association and School Board Leadership Services. “Guided by the leadership and counsel of the many dedicated CUBE Steering Committee members over the years, Katrina helped to shape the CUBE program as a critical component of NSBA.”

Kelley spent nearly 20 years at NSBA working on urban education issues. A graduate of Marycrest College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, she served as legislative director for former Representative Charles A. Hayes (D-IL) of Chicago prior to joining NSBA. She joined NSBA in October 1992 as director of Urban School District Advocacy.

Under Kelley’s leadership, CUBE has grown to represent more than 100 urban school districts in 35 states and the Virgin Islands.



Joetta Sack-Min|October 10th, 2012|Categories: Announcements, CUBE, Urban Schools|Tags: , |


  1. Carol Skinner says:

    During my years of serving the CUBE Program under Katrina, we became friends and have kept in touch beyond our NSBA experience. As a boss, she was the best, but she was an even better friend. We shared a love of family, especially the children, and spent many hours comparing notes on her beloved nephews and niece and my grandchildren.

    Katrina will be missed on so many levels by the literally thousands of people whose lives she touched both briefly and throughout her life. I, along with her family, friends, and her urban education colleagues and the students they represent, will all remember her with love and gratitude for her unique role in our lives and hearts.

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