Weinberger appoints Katherine Schad as Burlington CAO

Mayor's office photo of Katherine Schad and Miro Weinberger.

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Katherine Schad as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Burlington. Katherine is currently serving as the Vice President of Project Support Services at Tetra Tech in Burlington, and will bring over 20 years of experience in operations, regulatory compliance, and financial and project management with global mission-driven organizations to the position. Mayor Weinberger will ask the City Council to confirm Katherine’s appointment at its meeting on January 21.

“One of the highest priorities of this Administration has been to responsibly manage the City’s finances,” said Mayor Weinberger. “We’ve made great strides in this over the last eight years, and Katherine is exactly the right person to continue this work and take it to the next level.”

“I am excited to be joining the City of Burlington team in the role of CAO,” said Katherine. “I look forward to continuing to build on the Administration’s commitment to strong financial management and delivering critical services to the community.”

Katherine will bring many strengths to the CAO role, including:

  • Experience monitoring compliance and financial management systems;
  • Record of leading successful collaborations, managing large teams, and working with stakeholders to implement large-scale projects; and
  • Commitment to the Burlington community, including serving as the Vice Chair of the board of ANEW Place.


Since 2012, Katherine has worked at Tetra Tech International Development Services, a USAID contractor that implements over $350 million in projects globally. At Tetra Tech she served in several senior leadership roles, most recently as the Vice President of Project Support Services. In these roles, she has managed teams that carry out complex, multimillion-dollar projects around the world, developed and implemented internal audit measures, and improved financial management and compliance.

Katherine spent her early career managing US-funded economic development projects throughout the world, with a focus on helping to create jobs for women; improving critical infrastructure such as roads, water supply master plans, and capital improvement projects; and improving incomes for farmers. In 2009, she relocated to Tirana, Albania where she played a critical role supporting an anti-corruption project that introduced the country’s first electronic tax and procurement systems. She has a MBA from the School of Global Management at Arizona State University and a BA from Gordon College.

Building on the City’s Past Financial Success

Katherine will lead a department with many recent successes, including:

  • Strong financial management that has resulted in the restoration of the City’s Aa3 credit rating and clean audits;
  • Budgets that have funded historic investments in City assets while limiting taxpayer burdens; and
  • New debt and pension policies that guide taxpayer capacities and spending.

Source: Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger 1.10.2020