Katherine is a policy design professional who specializes in helping leaders collaborate across sectors to maximize their social impact. She is currently based as a Consultant at the National Governors Association, where she is advising states on how to transform their education and workforce systems to prepare for the workforce needs of the future.
Katherine recently led public outreach as an advisor to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and the Senate Appropriations Committee. In this role, she crafted bold ideas to revitalize historic downtowns, build healthy communities, promote economic development, and improve access to affordable higher education, housing, and human services. She has extensive experience working with state and national leaders to advance legislation and shape domestic discretionary spending.
Katherine previously served as Deputy Irene Recovery Officer within the Vermont Agency of Administration following Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. She was appointed by then-Governor Shumlin to lead capacity-building efforts across state government to prepare for the health and human service needs of Vermonters in the wake of disaster. She has also led outreach for FEMA in her home state of Vermont, where she continues to advise non-governmental organizations on strategic planning, advocacy, board development, and communications.
Katherine holds a Master's degree in Domestic Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and French from the University of Vermont. She brings a deep passion for philanthropy and social entrepreneurship and currently serves as a Board Fellow at the University of Vermont Foundation.