Cathy Albro - DEM Challenger

Financial Strength

Raised ($): $143,160

Cash on Hand ($): $11,739

% of the total DEM $ Raised: 100%

Cash on Hand v. Opponent (%):


Cathy holds bachelor degrees from Michigan State University in Elementary Education and Child Development and completed graduate coursework in Elementary Curriculum Development also at Michigan State University. Cathy has been a teacher from the beginning of her career, teaching first grade in rural Marlette, Michigan. She later taught in East Grand Rapids and served as director of Woodcliff’s Early Childhood Center, and became an endorsed trainer for the HighScope Educational Research Foundation. In 1981 Cathy founded the Creative Learning Center to make high-quality child care a reality for both her family and the Grand Rapids community. Also in 1981 she opened a child- centered educational retail store, Creative Learning Toys. She ran these two businesses in a socially responsible manner, making decisions to maximize their positive impact on the local community. After running her businesses successfully for 30 years, Cathy’s businesses were adversely impacted by the Recession in 2008 and she was forced to liquidate her store, forfeit all her properties, and lose her home—moving into a $5,000 mobile home in Rockford. Since 2012 she has been the Director of Elementary Education, HighScope Educational Research Foundation, focusing around strengthening equity in education. She is married with two children.