Kathleen has worked with business and non-profits internationally for over 20 years with a view toward answering a basic question- “how do we become increasingly able individuals, in a way that deeply influences others and transforms the systems in which we live and work?”. She believes the greatest leverage for change and best place to innovate is across boundaries, at the intersections of sector, culture and institutions. She has chosen to work at and across these boundaries helping start efforts focused on global systems change.
As an Associate at the Partnering Initiative, she has worked on programmes for Microsoft, The World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Agriculture and UNICEF, amongst others. She is also a founding member of The New World Fight Club, a consulting collective focused on providing sustainable solutions to new world business challenges, and works closely with multi-stakeholder initiatives and efforts focused on mainstreaming sustainable agriculture.
Prior to this, Kathleen was a Senior Director at Organic Exchange; a global multi-stakeholder non-profit focused on creating social and environmental benefits through the expansion of organic agriculture. She has been a member of the Better Cotton Initiative steering committee and continues to consult with the organization. She is currently exploring where the sustainable food and fiber arena can learn from each other to accelerate change.
Her undergraduate degree is in environmental sciences and her graduate work has focused on Training & Organizational Development, Intercultural Communication and Cross Sector Partnership for Sustainable Development.