Brian Kates

Brian Kates

Director of Finance

Brian is responsible for developing CIF’s financial systems to address current and future needs of the organization, monitoring business plan results, and assuring financial and reporting compliance to public, philanthropic and private partners. He builds and supports CIF’s finance, accounting, compliance, reporting, and human resource functions.

Prior to joining CIF, Brian founded ZATA Consulting, an education-focused practice that works primarily with charter schools on strategic planning, financial, operational, and facility initiatives.

Brian has worked with more than 50 growing charter organizations both during strategic planning and execution of growth plans. He served as the founding director of finance and operations for Intrinsic Schools, a blended-learning charter network in Chicago. Prior to Intrinsic, he served as the founding director of finance for the Achievement School District in Tennessee.

Brian is a graduate of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and holds a MS in Finance.