Katie was born and raised in Calgary and, after adventures traveling around the world and brief, temporary residencies in other cities, she has chosen to invest in this city as her home. Katie is a graduate of the University of Calgary, holding a Bachelor of Arts with a major in International Relations. Fascinated by the social sciences, human interactions and community development, Katie was drawn to the non-profit sector at the start of her career. As she continued to learn more about social justice in the Calgary context and how she could best contribute her strengths, she was inspired to return to school in pursuit of a Bachelor of Education. As a teacher, Katie feels she will have the platform from which to inspire youth, foster community and take positive action for change. In her spare time, Katie enjoys wearing many hats. She is the co-founder of local food waste prevention initiative Alternate Root YYC, a volleyball coach, live music enthusiast and proud Next Up participant. To survive, Katie runs on yoga, good coffee, mountain air and lots of laughs.