L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


Doctoral students

Kathleen (Katybeth) Lee

B.A., Religious Studies; the College of William & Mary M.S., Higher Education and Student Affairs; The Ohio State University


  • Higher education policy
  • Career development
  • Workforce development

Kathleen (Katybeth) Lee graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. After graduating, she traveled around the world on a service trip where she was exposed to vast inequities among people. When she returned, she pursued a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University and worked for 15 years in career services at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, helping students identify and achieve their career goals. She now works in the VCU Center for Corporate Education, and is a doctoral student in the Public Policy & Administration program at the VCU Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs. Through her career, she has witnessed inequalities in the education and work opportunities available to people. Inspired by Robert Putnam’s book Our Kids, examining the increasing opportunity gap in our country, her work focuses on access to and attainment of post-secondary education and meaningful work.