Senior Program Officer
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As Senior Program Officer for Health Care, Katie develops and implements strategic initiatives and oversees grantmaking to support the Foundation’s priority to increase access to quality health care. Katie works closely with the Foundation team to broaden our impact across priority areas and seeks opportunities to engage Foundation grantees and other stakeholders through efforts outside of grantmaking. Katie has developed a special interest in oral health as a result of her work with the Foundation.
Katie joined the BCBSNC Foundation in 2009 as Operations Manager after working several years to promote best practices in food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency food outlets. After a year in the operations role, where she guided implementation of the Foundation’s outcomes framework, Katie joined the program officer staff in what was previously known as the health of vulnerable populations focus area. Katie is a member of the 2014 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, a board member for the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers (NCNG) and was previously co-chair for the NCNG annual meeting. Katie has an undergraduate degree from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
What I love about my work:
This role allows me to take a 20,000 foot view of an aspect of the health care system and work with passionate, dedicated partners across the state and country to identify and implement changes that improve health. Working with our grantees — visiting their sites and seeing them in action — is the best part of my job.
When not at my desk:
I stay busy outside the office keeping up with my family, including two children in preschool and a boisterous dog (who is hands down the best athlete in our extended family). I look forward to a time when I can spend more time on one of my favorite personal commitments — supporting refugees and other new English speakers as they acclimate to life in North Carolina.
Favorite thing about North Carolina:
The growing food scene — either at home in the Triangle or traveling across the state, it’s a treat to be able to enjoy new recipes and locally sourced foods. Having endured the short growing season for more than 10 years in the Midwest, the fact that we can grow and harvest treats from our home garden most of the year is a bonus!