Katie is the Special Assistant to the President and CEO of PeaceTech Lab, Sheldon Himelfarb. She is Sheldon’s “right and left hand” in all matters involving the Lab and its partners. PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. Headquartered at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Lab carries out its mission in close collaboration with public and private sector partners.
Prior to PeaceTech Lab, Katie served as a fellow with Kiva Microfunds, working with one of their field partners in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Through this job she worked directly with borrowers to evaluate their ability to make repayments and investigate loan defaults. Katie also worked with Hagar International in Hanoi, Vietnam, to provide rehabilitation services to victims of human trafficking in the region. Her academic research has revolved around international criminal law and human rights, with a focus on the mining industry in DRC and the international tribunals in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
Katie received her B.A. in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and her M.A. in International Economics and International Law from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she studied at both their Bologna and DC campuses. In between her studies and travels, Katie worked for several wineries and tasting rooms in Southern California, where she managed wine club shipments and cultivated an appreciation for wine and viticulture. A Los Angeles native, Katie loves dogs, travel, and salsa dancing.