Sr. Kathleen Carr, C.S.J.


Sr. Kathleen Carr, C.S.J., is the senior director for partnerships for the Alliance for Catholic Education. Since coming to ACE in 2011, she has served the organization as the director of planning and operations for ACE Consulting and as a member of ACE’s Executive Committee. 

With more than 40 years of experience in Catholic education leadership positions, Sr. Kathleen began her ministry as an elementary school principal. She served at the archdiocesan level as an assistant superintendent responsible for 38 inner-city schools, as the inaugural director of marketing and public relations, and as superintendent of schools in the Archdiocese of Boston from 2000-2005. Following her successful tenure as superintendent and just prior to coming to ACE, she was a senior educational consultant in a private firm leading strategic planning processes for Catholic schools in dioceses across the country.

Sr. Kathleen currently supervises the directors of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network (AICSN), the ACE Principal Academy, the Notre Dame ACE Academies, ACE in Ireland, and the Superintendents' Retreat each summer. In 2011-2012, Sr. Kathleen had a key leadership role in ACE’s national census and mapping of 2,300 Haitian Catholic schools. This work resulted in a program to strengthen regional primary and secondary school teacher training and school governance. She oversaw the ACE Haiti team which in 2016 raised more than $13 million from USAID and private foundations to scale its highly effective early-grade literacy program in 340 Catholic schools in Haiti. Sr. Kathleen has vast experience serving on school boards, leading and participating in executive leadership search processes, mentoring central office leaders, and serving as an executive coach for ACE’s Remick Leadership Program.

She holds an M.Ed. in administration and supervision from Boston College, a Ph.D. in educational administration from The Catholic University of America, and an honorary degree: doctor of humane letters, conferred by Boston College.

IEI Fellows

Sr. Kathleen Carr, CSJ