Kat earned a BA in Cognitive Science and Anthropology as well as a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Connecticut. She has engaged in grassroots organizing and legislative action throughout Connecticut as well as in public speaking.
During the summer of 2021, Kat worked with the Stakeholder Engagement Branch in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was tasked with developing outreach strategies for environmental justice organizations, tribes, and environmental NGOs to advance two projects: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Environmental Justice Consultations and ELSWPEO [el-sweep-eo] Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices, Education, and Outreach. To do so, Kat researched lead exposure case studies in specified U.S cities and interviewed stakeholders for their insights on community awareness and suggestions for EPA programmatic outreach. She rendered these findings into final reports and recommendations for relevant EPA branches. Additionally, she collaborated with EPA Regional Branches and contributed to the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week campaign preparation.
Watch Kat’s presentation here.