IOWA CITY, IowaGreen Schools National Network (GSNN) is proud to announce the addition of Kate Mraw, principal, and director of K-12 at LPA Design Studio, to its board of directors. Mraw is a national leader in educational research, sustainable school design, and developing learning environments to support the whole student.

“I am honored to join Green School National Network’s board of directors,” said Mraw. “The opportunity to work with such a passionate group dedicated to reimagining our nation’s school systems with sustainability at the forefront is an important part of my career mission.”

At GSNN, Mraw will use her extensive experience in master planning, early childhood learning, strategic planning, activating outdoor learning environments, and career technology to help expand the Network into more schools and districts nationwide. Her vast expertise will provide valuable insight into GSNN’s work toward shaping schools where children thrive and learn to steward the environments and communities they call home.

Mraw is a frequent speaker at industry events and a published author, often focusing on community engagement, the latest educational research, and designing around learners’ social, cultural, and academic needs. She has led the design efforts on many of LPA’s most innovative and award-winning education projects since joining them in 2004.

“We are thrilled to have Kate Mraw join our team,” said GSNN Executive Director Jennifer Seydel, Ph.D. “Her deep understanding of sustainable school design and commitment to developing healthier learning environments make her an invaluable asset as we implement our strategic plan and aim to grow the Network substantially over the next two years.”

With the appointment of Mraw, the GSNN board of directors now consists of 12 members, including educators, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit and business leaders.


Green Schools National Network (GSNN)’s mission is to shape healthy, equitable, and sustainable schools where children thrive and learn to steward the environments and communities they call home. Since 2007, GSNN has used a holistic approach in its work with schools, districts, organizations, and individual educators to transform schools from good to green. GSNN’s work is informed by its GreenPrint, a framework for transformation that covers best practices in leadership, curriculum and instruction, culture and climate, and facilities and operations. To learn more, visit