Lake Travis Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Brad Lancaster is pleased to announce that Katie Kauffman has been selected as the District’s new Director of Development & Corporate Relations/Executive Director of the Lake Travis Education Foundation, effective August 6.
“We received 78 applications for this position,” said Dr. Lancaster. “Katie comes to us with impressive credentials and a strong record of success in community engagement, fund development and marketing activities which I believe will allow her to make an immediate impact on our district and foundation. I look forward to the continued growth of our community and corporate partnerships as well as to new opportunities that will further strengthen our relationship with the foundation.”
In 2013, LTISD and Lake Travis Education Foundation officials agreed to commit shared responsibility and financial resources to support the Director of Development and Corporate Relations/LTEF Executive Director position. As Director of Development and Corporate Relations, Ms. Kauffman will manage advertising, marketing and corporate relations programs for the district. She will also serve as the foundation’s executive director.
Ms. Kauffman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and International Relations from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She possesses approximately 15 years of work experience in community engagement, marketing strategies and campaigns, event production and sponsorship programs, product positioning and branding, capital campaigns and planned giving, working with non-profit volunteer boards, development, and fundraising. Throughout her career, Ms. Kauffman has served in various leadership roles including Director of Marketing for Evolution Digital in Denver; Director of Planning & Development and Executive Director of the Gothenburg Health Foundation for Gothenburg Health in Nebraska; and most recently as Director of Client Experience with Austin-based MSB Consulting. She and her husband Brandon have three sons, two of whom attend Lake Travis schools.
“We welcome Katie to the Lake Travis Education Foundation,” said Karen Mechura, President of the Lake Travis Education Foundation. “This is a great opportunity for the foundation to reach greater heights, and ultimately, increase funding for the district.”
Established in 1985, the LTEF is an independent nonprofit corporation organized under the Texas Business Organizations Code and is currently comprised of 28 directors who represent a broad spectrum of the community. The foundation supports projects and programs throughout the district via the LTEF grant program and also awards scholarships to exemplary Lake Travis High School seniors. Since its inception, the foundation has contributed more than $4 million in grants and scholarships to LTISD schools. Donations to the foundation are not subject to recapture under the state system of school finance.