Kate Volti, MPAff, is the Vice President for Child and Family Policy. Kate oversees programmatic and policy work led by the Child and Family Policy team. Since joining the Meadows Institute in September 2016, Kate has worked on assessments of children’s mental health systems in Houston, Lubbock, and Nueces County. She has also led a number of other child and youth-focused projects including an analysis on options to finance crisis mental health services, co-authoring a toolkit to help communities prevent and respond to child sex trafficking, and projects to support community efforts in Houston in North Texas to prepare to strengthen the foster care system.
Prior to her employment at the Meadows Institute, Kate held several positions with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). At HHSC, she served as Director of Community Access in the Office of Social Services, Senior Policy Advisor charged with designing the STAR Kids Medicaid managed care model for children with disabilities, External Relations Specialist, and lead for the Task Force for Children with Special Needs. She arrived at HHSC after serving in the Texas Senate as a Senior Policy Advisor where she focused on initiatives to improve early childhood nutrition, increase coordination of services for children with special needs, require insurers to cover Applied Behavioral Analysis for children when medically necessary, and improve support for kin care providers of children involved with Child Protective Services.
Ms. Volti received her Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas and her Bachelor of Arts in Cross-Cultural Anthropology and Political Studies from Pitzer College.