A Fort Worth, Texas native, Cathy Estrada is a community leader with a well-known passion for advances in public education and equal opportunities for all children. She honed her knowledge of the public education system as a high school teacher for many years in Crowley Independent School District, where she taught after earning her Master's degree in Educational Administration from Texas Christian University. Her Bachelor's degree in Political Science is from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
As a daughter of a Speech Therapist in the Fort Worth Independent School District for over 35 years, Cathy was compelled to stay connected to education advocacy after leaving the classroom. She has served on the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools of Tarrant County for over 10 years, and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Communities in Schools State Advisory Board at the Texas Education Agency, in addition to serving on the CIS Foundation Board.
Four years ago, Cathy Estrada was asked to serve on the Uplift Education Fort Worth Advisory Board. She succeeded the Honorable George P. Bush as chair of that board in 2014. Most recently, Cathy has joined the board of Reading Partners.
Cathy' s commitment to at-risk children stems from personal experience - she was awarded guardianship of her nephew when he was 18 months old.
Mrs. Estrada is also a patron of the arts, serving on the Arts Council of Fort Worth. She enjoys opera and the supporting the many museums in the community. Other board involvement includes serving on the state Psychology Board as a public member for seven years, and as a Delegate for the Anglican Convention.
She is married to Robert Estrada, an attorney and investment banker, together they have six children, and a growing number of grandchildren.