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Katharine Cahn
Katharine Cahn


Role: Executive Director of the Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services, Assistant Dean of Continuing Education and Associate Professor of Practice at the School of Social Work

Education: PhD Social Work and Social Welfare Research, Portland State University; MSW Community and Organizational Studies, University of Washington; BASW American Studies/Political Science, Reed College

Experience: In service of children, youth, and families, have worked as an organizer, trainer/facilitator, program developer, fundraiser/ grant writer, agency supervisor, manager, and director.

Interests: organizational and systems change, taking an innovative practice up to scale, using research and program evaluation to promote a better child welfare system with attention to improved outcomes for children of color, family and community engagement, leadership development, and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Teaching Areas: Social Services Administration; Organizational Leadership and Organizational Change; Community Organizing and Systems Change.

Contact Information:; 503-725-8122