"Urban neighborhoods are crazy, messy, beautiful little microcosms. I love helping ensure that our cities are places where all people can live, work, play and thrive."
Katy is a Program Manager for EcoDistricts’ Programs team. She plays a critical role in delivering advisory services, research, and policy support to catalytic urban regeneration projects, and manages a range of tasks related to business planning, business development, client management, and project execution. She also manages the organization’s social media presence, and supports a wealth of event marketing and program development responsibilities. Katy previously worked as the Marketing + Communications Coordinator for EcoDistricts, working collaboratively with the entire EcoDistricts team to build customer communication and marketing materials.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Katy is passionate about working at the neighborhood scale to affect change. Katy received a Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions Internship Grant and began working for EcoDistricts in 2013, where she developed a deep knowledge of EcoDistricts’ mission, values and approach.
Prior to joining EcoDistricts, Katy worked with the Main Street program in her hometown of Cleveland, where she was responsible for developing strategic business and marketing initiatives to promote economic development for Hispanic retailers and restaurants, as well as participation in civic events amongst the diverse group of residents in the community. She also spent three years as an Editorial Assistant for Internal Communications at The Ohio State University, where she developed and published communications, primarily focused on the university’s sustainability and environmental initiatives.
Katy also has dedicated her time as a volunteer for numerous organizations. She is an active resident advocate in her Capitol Hill, Seattle neighborhood. She also teaches English as a Second Language at Casa Latina, a day workers advocacy, employment and education organization in Seattle. From 2015 to 2016, she was a member of the prestigious Speakers Bureau for the Heal the Bay organization in Los Angeles. From 2010 to 2012, she taught English as a Second Language in Columbus, OH.
Katy holds a Bachelor of the Arts with Honors in English, Spanish and Economics from The Ohio State University.