Katie joined the Science Center in 2018. As Senior Director, External Affairs, Katie is responsible for driving strategic engagement and outreach efforts to local, state, and federal government officials, community leaders, key stakeholders, and other organizations in service of regional economic development and to advance the Science Center’s goals and mission. In her role, Katie leads government relations, public policy development, the public fundraising process, and direct regional economic development initiatives for the Science Center.
Katie brings to the Science Center 15 years of experience in nonprofit and government public engagement, policy development, program management, PR, communications, and marketing. Before coming to the Science Center, she served as Director of Public Engagement for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, where she helped launch the Keystone Scholars universal at-birth higher education savings program and helped coordinate the Treasurer’s Task Force on Private Sector Retirement Security. She also held positions at the New York Lottery, the New York State Assembly, and the University of Penn.
Katie holds a BA in Anthropology from Haverford College and an MPA from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Her hometown is State College, PA but she and her husband Erik now reside in West Philly.
When Katie isn’t at the Science Center, you can find her performing improv comedy, gardening, and quilting.