Katherine is a former Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House, specifically in the Office of Social Innovation and Office of National Drug Control Policy. There, she focused on Pay for Success models and the broader transition to a focus on outcomes across government. Katherine has also worked for then-Mayor Bloomberg in NYC and Governor Hickenlooper in Colorado and, in various jobs, advanced the causes of health care reform, education reform, and tobacco control, the latter of which held her passion in Kentucky where she grew up and currently resides. Most recently, before deciding to stay at home full-time with her then-newborn at the onset of the pandemic, she worked (remotely) as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Elevate, a policy lab at Yale University to elevate mental health as a strategy to interrupt intergenerational poverty.
Of relevance to The Art of Applying® clients, Katherine earned an MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as a BA with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, where she was awarded the Jefferson Scholarship covering full tuition and a stipend. During college, she was also named a Truman Scholar Finalist and Public Policy & International Affairs Fellow, spending a summer taking graduate public policy courses. Katherine was honored to be accepted to multiple Ivy League schools for both undergrad and graduate programs, including full tuition awards from Princeton Woodrow Wilson School (also providing a stipend) and from Harvard Kennedy School as a Dubin Fellow at its Center for Public Leadership. These events find roots in her formative high school days, when she missed 47 days of school her junior year, for example, to pursue her genuine passion for lobbying and testifying before legislators, rallying peers, and educating the public in street activism against the tobacco industry, leading her to create and then run a nonprofit. One of her proudest involvements was helping Kentucky to increase its tobacco tax 10-fold – a strategy estimated to help avoid 10,000 tobacco-related deaths in the state. Katherine was also named an Advance Placement (AP) National Scholar, AP State Scholar (highest scoring female in the state), and U.S. Presidential Scholar (one of the top three high school seniors that year in the state, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education) as well as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ 2002 National Youth Advocate of the Year.
Katherine loves the art of coaching and is thoroughly jazzed to help candidates tell their stories and reach their fullest potential. She knows the power of focused work: With vocab words on her nightstand, she raised her SAT score to ultimately miss only one question. Since then, she has never forgotten the definition of “amalgam.”
Personally, Katherine loves Thai food, was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, and adores the three guys of her life: her husband, Jose; 12-pound dog, Magi; and much beloved son, Emiliano.