Focus Award Judge:
Kate is MIT’s Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL). Experiential learning exists in a myriad of places at MIT—in UROP labs, industry internships, public service projects, entrepreneurial ventures, and global studies; Kate plays a strategic role in guiding and advancing authentic, active learning throughout the Institute. She also directly supports the four centers within OEL (D-Lab, Edgerton Center, PKG Center, and UROP). She works with a wide range of Institute stakeholders—students, staff, alumni, faculty, and community partners — to help connect MIT students to challenging hands-on experiences that complement—and constructively complicate—their learning in the classroom.
From 2016-19, Kate served as Senior Director of MIT’s PKG Public Service Center. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Director of the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, where she also taught an engaged course on philanthropy and served on the University’s Title IX Council. She has been executive director of a non-profit community development corporation in Pittsburgh, a funder of neighborhood development initiatives, and a senior research analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Kate graduated from Bard College with a degree in philosophy and received her J.D. from Georgetown University. She is a Board member of the International Charter School in Pawtucket, RI.