Katie joined the Sojourners marketing team in 2013 as an advertising sales associate. With a background in retail, Katie enjoys connecting socially conscious Sojourners readers with ethically driven organizations and businesses.
Katie is a Midwest native but grew up in Hagerstown, a small town in western Maryland. She caught the travel bug at an early age and traveled to France, Italy, and Spain with People to People Student Ambassadors at the age of 16. This travel experience inspired her to pursue a degree in international studies at Ithaca College. During her time at Ithaca, Katie traveled to the Dominican Republic, Jordan, and Egypt, where she experienced and witnessed political, social, economic, and gender inequality.
In an effort to incorporate her faith with a quest for social justice, Katie joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corp after graduating college. While in Phoenix, Ariz., Katie worked for CASE (Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy) and developed a refugee organizing program to build awareness and inspire action in local refugee communities to combat workplace inequality and discrimination. Her work with CASE led to a position with the hospitality union UNITE HERE! Local 631, where she served as logistics coordinator for a successful Latino voter registration campaign.
Katie is passionate about the labor movement, refugee and immigrant issues (domestically and abroad), gender equality, and mental health. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Ignatian spirituality and practices the Daily Examen regularly, even though she identifies as Protestant. Katie is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor (ask her about it!), and music, yoga, and good food are a part of her everyday life.