Kate Schroder is a leader in the health care sector, with more than 15 years of experience in public and private organizations. Based in Cincinnati, she most recently served as Vice President at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where she has a strong track record of improving treatment rates for childhood illnesses in low-resource countries.
Kate grew up in Pleasant Ridge as the second of four children in a 5th generation Cincinnati family. It is a family of medical professionals where service to others is a core value. She attended 12 years of Catholic schools, including grade school at Nativity, and high school at Ursuline Academy where she was student body president. At Indiana University, she served as student body treasurer and then worked in legislative politics for three years after college – first for US Senator Evan Bayh in Washington DC and then for Cincinnati City Council.
Seeing an opportunity to bring business solutions to the public sector, Kate pursued an MBA, graduating in 2004 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following business school, she worked in healthcare research and consulting at the Advisory Board Company in Washington DC. From there, she joined CHAI and spent two years living in Africa as the Zambia Country Director, launching programs in pediatric HIV, lab services, and human resources for health. Since then, she has served in several US-based leadership positions, managing global programs in child health and publishing results in academic journals.
In 2011, Kate had a life-changing moment when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is now cancer-free, and came through with a deeper understanding of what works and doesn’t in the U.S health system and how access to affordable, quality care can be the difference between life and death. Kate and her husband, John Juech, live in Clifton and are parents to a daughter Josie (six) and a son Peter (four). Kate was close with her father, Dr. Lou Schroder, a renowned Cincinnati oncologist and active Democratic leader, who passed away in 2017 at 69 after a three-month battle with glioblastoma.
Kate has been active in local politics and civic affairs since returning to Cincinnati in 2013. In 2016, she was appointed to the Cincinnati Board of Health where she serves as Finance Chair, and in 2017, was named a WCPO Next Nine honoree, recognizing nine rising stars who are transforming the healthcare sector.