Senior Program Officer
Contact Katie: Kathryn(at)gkinitiative(dot)org
Katie leads GKI’s systems research and evaluation portfolio. In this role, she manages GKI’s work on the Strategic Program for Analyzing Complexity and Evaluating Systems (SPACES) Consortium, which conducts global and country-specific evaluations of USAID programs using systems tools and approaches. Since joining the GKI team in 2014, Katie has managed a number of projects, including GKI’s work to improve the social impact of philanthropic investment in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation. Using human-centered design and collaborative innovation, Katie has facilitated teams and events in Europe, MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond.
Prior to GKI, Katie worked in Kenya on HIV/AIDS related programming, and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo analyzing legal barriers for victims of sexual violence. An unapologetic feminist and lover of fashion / interior design, Katie currently serves on the DC Regional Board of Directors for Indego Africa, an inspiring non-profit social enterprise working with female entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Katie graduated with High Distinction from the University of Virginia with a dual degree in French and Foreign Affairs, and she received her Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In her spare time, Katie loves to escape the city, often to the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains and her old stomping ground of Charlottesville, Virginia.