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Cate Elander

Program Manager
Area(s) of Expertise: 
Place-based community development
Cate joined MDC in the fall of 2015 to support the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Great Expectations initiative. She is identifying best practice and emerging research in the early childhood field to inform the initiative’s strategy, and helping shape a family engagement strategy that brings family voices to the center of systems change work in Winston Salem and Forsyth County. Cate most recently managed outreach and community-based programming at the East Durham Children’s Initiative, and has 10 years of experience supporting community engagement at place-based community development initiatives in Durham, Delaware, and New York City. She is a founding member of the Durham Touchpoint’s Collaborative, where she trains early childhood providers in strength-based parent support strategies.  Cate is also a blogger for the UNC School of Government’s Community Engagement Learning Exchange, where she focuses on issues of community representation, race and gentrification. 
 
Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Chapel Hill, Master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy (specialization in Community Development) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.