Kaili Baucum, Ph.D.

Director, Education Partnerships
PDK International


Kaili holds a PhD in Education Policy from Rutgers University-Newark. Her research examines programs designed for improving minority student achievement in mixed race, suburban school districts. Prior to coming to PDK, Kaili was on faculty in the School of Education at American University. Kaili has also served as a senior consultant at the Panasonic Foundation, where she worked with on system level work with Portland, Oregon; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Elizabeth, New Jersey and was the Founding Executive Director of Pallus, a non-profit organization, focused on growing the number of minority students in top tier colleges.

Kaili is a Plainfield, New Jersey native and holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University; she lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son.

About PDK International

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.

We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work.

As a social sector organization, we elevate the discourse around teaching and learning with the goal of transforming the student experience to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.