Katie Franquist

Regional Advocacy Director, West

Katie is a Regional Advocacy Director for ExcelinEd. In this role, she works with leaders and policymakers from the western states to promote student-centered solutions focused on educational quality, innovation and opportunity. Katie’s portfolio of states includes Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma and Utah.

Previously, Katie served at the University of Arizona as Director of State Relations, working to advance the university's legislative priorities at the state level. Prior to this, she served as Director of Federal Affairs for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry managing state and federal priorities on behalf of Arizona's business community. Katie has also worked in constituent services for United States Senators Jeff Flake and Jon Kyl. In both offices, she managed casework for the Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security and the State Department. Based in Arizona, Katie holds an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and is an alumnus of the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service program.