“I am excited to announce my campaign for Orleans Parish School Board, District 5.  Throughout my career I have fought to expand access to healthcare and improve the overall quality of life for Louisianians.  After fifteen years of public service, I am ready to work for the residents of District 5 because when our schools thrive, we all do.

New Orleans deserves a public school system that provides every student with a quality education and  support that will allow them to achieve their full potential.   Our system should offer teachers, administrators, parents, and community members multiple opportunities to guide and develop all public school students.  

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for students, educators, administrators and families as we face a “new normal.”  I have navigated these issues personally and professionally and now I want to support New Orleans public school families as your next District 5 representative.”




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A working mom.
A public school parent.
A new leader for school board.


Katie is a public school parent whose daughter attends the International School of Louisiana, placed there by the OneApp system. Katie has spent her entire life working in state and local government and for nonprofit organizations.  She started her career at the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations where she helped build the capacity of Louisiana’s non-profit sector, advocating on behalf of the people they served and garnering support from policy makers. There, Katie helped to advance progressive policies aimed at improving quality of life for all Louisiana families.

Katie also worked at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, where she improved health outcomes and expanded Medicaid enrollment and eligibility. And, as a policy analyst at the National Academy for State Health Policy, she helped states plan for Medicaid expansion. 

Katie served for over three years as staff to two New Orleans City Councilmembers, Stacy Head and Joe Giarrusso, where she drafted and passed legislation, built support with stakeholder groups, worked on budget priorities and ensured that public money was being spent wisely.

In 2009 Katie earned a Master of Public Administration from Louisiana State University, with a focus on state and local policy. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, where she studied Sociology and History.

​Katie lives in the Touro Bouligny neighborhood with her husband, Jason Sappington, their two daughters, Katherine (6) and Marie (4), one dog, one cat, and four chickens.

About District 5:

District 5 includes the CBD, Central City, Irish Channel, Garden District, Lower Garden District, Uptown, and Warehouse District neighborhoods. 



District 5 deserves a School Board member that is ready to serve on DAY ONE.

  • Over a decade of experience creating policy at the state and local levels.

  • BA from Loyola University in Sociology and MPA from LSU with a focus in state and local policy. 

  • Worked with community leaders and advocates to pass the School Readiness Tax Credit for families, childcare providers, and businesses that support quality early childhood education. 

  • Oversaw a $1.5 million program budget for the Department of Health (then the Department of Health and Hospitals).

  • Instrumental in increasing eligibility and enrollment in Louisiana Medicaid and LaCHIP, a key component of the Medicaid expansion program.

  • Will work to maximize federal and state funds to address trauma and socioeconomic challenges in the classroom.

  • Experience with oversight of multi-million dollar public budgets - advised Councilmembers Stacy Head and Joe Giarrusso on budget and fiscal policy.



It is critical that we increase the number of high-performing schools in New Orleans. Our City’s future depends on every child getting the quality public education they deserve.


We need to bring all schools up to a high level of education quality. All current and new school operators must have a clear record of success.

As your board member I will work to develop and expand the cadre of school leaders that serve on charter boards and run charter management organizations.


Our students deserve the best opportunities to learn and grow. Schools should work to retain excellent teachers and pay them what they deserve.

As your Board member I will build partnerships between early childhood education programs and public schools to ensure that our students are prepared for school, graduation, and the workforce.


All New Orleanians have a financial stake in the public school system and deserve to know that their tax dollars are being spent efficiently.

As your Board member I will remain laser-focused on maintaining the fiscal health of the district and work to increase public revenue and community investment. 


What do we want our schools to look like in 5, 10, 20 years?  We need to take a proactive approach to identifying operators who can meet the needs of our children - a system that provides families a true choice.  

As your Board member, I will make decisions based upon the future health of the system.