In 2018, after 20 years leading the growth and stability of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), Katie stepped into a new role to guide, strengthen and expand the philanthropic position of Outward Bound USA. During her tenure at POBS, Katie led the School’s growth from serving 100 students a year in 1999 to serving over 5,000 students in 2017, establishing strong educational partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia as well as many other youth-serving and community organizations. Her final achievement at POBS was the completion of a multi-year capital and endowment campaign in partnership with Audubon Pennsylvania raising over $18M to build and endow operations at The Discovery Center, a permanent home for POBS and an education center for Audubon.
Katie holds a master’s in organizational development and leadership, as well as continuing education certificates in fund development, non-profit management, and leadership. An avid learner, Katie has completed Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management course, Wharton’s Women in Leadership course, and has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
In 2015, Katie was appointed to represent Outward Bound USA on Outward Bound International’s Operations Committee. Having grown up as the daughter of a US Foreign Service Officer, Katie continues to seek out the adventure of international travel and together with her husband and two adult children can often be found in distant lands seeking new opportunities to change lives through challenge and discovery.
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