As Vice President, Program and Strategy, Katie supports the program team to develop, implement, and adjust strategy across the Foundation’s focus areas. Katie works closely with the team as well as external and corporate stakeholders to broaden our perspective, build partnerships to accelerate our progress, and deepen our commitment to those communities that experience the greatest inequities.
Katie joined the Blue Cross NC 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 and played a leadership role in developing and refining our focus on community-centered health in addition to leading the Foundation’s previous work in health care access and more recently, oral health.
Katie is a member of the 2014 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, a former steering committee member of the Funders Oral Health Policy Group and board member for the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers (NCNG) and a previously co-chair for the NCNG annual meeting .
Katie has an undergraduate degree from Carleton College 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 and develop long-term opportunities to improve health so that all North Carolinians have greater opportunities for 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 who likes to adventure in North Carolina and beyond. My team knows me as “the maximizer,” so I’m always moving on something!
Favorite thing about North Carolina:
The energy and commitment to action at the personal level. The state motto is, “to be, rather than to seem,” and we are in a time and place where health care, communities, and individuals are being creative and ambitious about how we can be a healthier state. Being in the orbit of so many leaders — whether of a branch of state government, a chef focused on improving school meals, a neighborhood group seeking new playground equipment, or clinic leaders who are looking to make their front desk more patient-centered— gives meaning to the motto.