Catherine Ventura


Catherine Ventura

Research Assistant

Catherine Ventura is an educator, a literacy studies scholar, and a former nonprofit leader. She is skilled at strategizing and implementing creative solutions in a wide range of contexts. Driven by a transformative approach to education, Catherine strives to continue cultivating learning spaces that nurture the thriving potential of all students.


Catherine’s multi-dimensional method to problem-solving stems from her diverse professional experiences, which include English teaching, organizational data management and analysis, grant-writing, curriculum development, academic and financial aid advising, college-access youth programming, and nonprofit program development. Outside of work, she served her community as a charter school Board Trustee and Board Secretary as well as an Advisory Board Member for a local nonprofit. She continues to teach university writing courses.


Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English from Seton Hall University. She is a former Associate Program Fellow of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) at Philips Academy in Andover, as well as a former fellow of The Victoria Emerging Leaders Program (VELP) at Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership. Currently, Catherine is a doctoral student in the Joint Ph.D. in English and Education Program at University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, writing poetry, and hiking with her two golden doodles.