Meet Our Staff

 The Early Care and Education Consortium
1313 L St. NW, Suite 120, Washington, DC 20005



Executive Director: Indika Samarawickreme

Indika Samarawickreme

Indika Samarawickreme joined the Early Care and Education Consortium as the Executive Director in November 2017. Indika brings with her more than 25 years of experience as a leader and strategist. She has managed multi-million dollar programs, budgets and staffs for Fortune 500 companies and major nonprofits, as both a management consultant and Executive Director, both nationally and internationally. She brings best practices from both the private and nonprofit sectors to her work.

Indika holds double masters and honors degrees in Accountancy and Economics from the UK, is a Chartered Accountant, (UK equivalent of a US CPA) and earned her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Director of State Policy and Member Services: Katherine Kimmel


Katherine Kimmel joined the Early Care and Education Consortium in April 2017 as the Director of State Policy and Member Services. Prior to assuming this role she worked on early childhood issues for three years at Linchpin Strategies, LLC. Katherine managed the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives, which provides peer education opportunities for state home visiting administrators, and produced legislative analysis for the National Head Start Association. She also advocated for increased access to orthotic and prosthetic care for Veterans and expanded business opportunities for the blind.

Katherine holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Mississippi, as well as a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Administrative Manager: Kelly Lanes

Kelly Lanes

Kelly Lanes joined the Early Care and Education Consortium in January 2017 as the Administrative Manager. Prior to assuming this role, she worked three years in federal security under the Dept. of Homeland Security, where she aided in the deterring of threats to national security. After leaving the federal sector she worked for 8 years in the private sector as an administrative assistant before moving on to become the business manager of a long established dental practice in Langley, Va.

Kelly holds a B.S. in Biology from George Mason University



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