Vice President of Community Impact
Katharine joins WFSA as the VP of Community Impact. As a public transportation planner and community advocate in Tucson for 10 years, Katharine has insight into poverty and barriers to employment, education, housing, transportation, and social services at the local level. She served as a member of the National Rural Transit Assistance Program Review Board where she became familiar with different regions throughout Arizona, especially the Native American communities and those along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Previously, Katharine spent 10 years volunteering and working for various for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout Asia and in California, New York and Washington, D.C. with focuses ranging on biodiversity conservation, accessible housing, and urban design, to fair trade, workers’ rights, and even teaching English as a Second Language. Her academic career led her from the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to a BA from Bard College in Environmental Studies and an MS from the University of Arizona in Urban Planning. She has been shaped by her multicultural background (Chinese Malaysian mother and American father), and has garnered perspective through traveling, studying and working overseas.