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Caitlin Kidder

Assistant Director Grad Advising and Student Services


Office Location

Northeastern University - Seattle
401 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Caitlin Kidder, 109 SEA
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000


  • MEd in Higher Education Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • MPPA in Public Policy & Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • BA in Environmental Studies and International Relations, Mount Holyoke College

What are the specifics of your educational/career background?

I attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, where I received a BA in Environmental Studies and International Relations. I later received a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration and a Master’s of Public Policy & Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I help support students in the Master of Science in Computer Science program as well as the ALIGN program here at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus. I help plan and execute cocurricular and social events to enhance the experiences of MSCS/ALIGN students, as well as advising students along their academic pathway. I am excited connect Northeastern University and our students with the thriving tech industry in the Seattle area.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at Khoury College?

I feel lucky to work for a university that recognizes the importance of connecting higher education with workforce development needs. Students who may not have otherwise had access to lucrative computer science careers are able to reorient their professional goals and skills through the ALIGN program, advancing their own social mobility while meeting the demands of our increasingly technology-focused economy here in Seattle.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in the greater Seattle area, and am thrilled to return to my roots after almost a decade of living in Massachusetts.

What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college?

I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years after college, focused on increasing college access and success for K-12 students from marginalized and minoritized backgrounds. This sparked my passion for higher education and education policy.