kirk-burkley-chairman-campaign-for-quality-schoolsKirk Burkley, Chairman

Twitter: @BBlawfirmPA

Kirk Burkley is a Managing Partner of Bernstein-Burkley, P.C., a Pittsburgh-based law firm focusing on bankruptcy and restructuring, creditors’ rights, and business and corporate transactions. Kirk supervises the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group, which acts as an efficient one-stop-shop for secured and unsecured creditors, equipment lessors, financial institutions, commercial landlords, and more. He is certified in Business Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Law from the American Board of Certification, and is regularly recognized locally and nationally for his exceptional work in the legal field.

Kirk is active in the Pittsburgh community, serving on the board of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, as well as various other local community and professional organizations. He previously has served on the city Zoning Board, the city Planning Commission and the Pittsburgh Downtown Development Corp board. Kirk has been a vocal advocate for the importance of providing quality education for all students, and for improving the education system by taking steps today to ensure a sustainable and successful future. Kirk’s experience as a financial restructuring attorney has taught him to recognize the unique challenges facing distressed entities, and identifying a creative, pragmatic and well-tailored solution. Kirk hopes to use this experience, combined with his extensive knowledge of the ever-changing law, to address the deepening insolvency in which many school districts find themselves.

Kirk attended Ohio University and the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Penny and their two young children (pictured here).

famCate Reed, Treasurer

Twitter: @CateReed

Cate is first and foremost a mom.   She taught 3rd and 4th grade in DC Public Schools from 2000—2002, and also worked in administration at a Pittsburgh based charter management organization. She has previously held several roles at Teach For America including district strategy work for the NYC Regional team and as leader of the NYC Summer Institute Training from 2005-2007, vice president of program and is currently the vice president of regional board governance. She is an alum of the Broad Residency where she worked for Pittsburgh Public Schools for 6 years in a variety of roles which included work around school openings, redesigning magnet admissions and collaborating to establish a new school based budgeting system as the Executive Director of Student Support Services.

She ended her time at PPS as the Executive Director of Strategic Priorities for Superintendent Linda Lane. Cate has her undergraduate degree in history from Loyola University, Maryland, her MAT from NYU and her Master’s in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.  She is vice chair of A+ Schools, a local educational advocacy organization. She is driven to do this work as a product of Pittsburgh Public Schools, a public school system that served many, such as herself, well –but also let down many.   She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Doug and their three children.

Tracey Reed-Arment, Board Member