Katie joined Essential Partners after completing her graduate studies at Tufts University's Fletcher School, where her research in religious conflicts focused on the need for effective communication in complex political issues. Prior to that, she helped develop the first university-wide interreligious institute at Pepperdine University. At Pepperdine, Katie organized and administered the university's first international program in Israel-Palestine, coordinated the institute’s events, drafted all communications and reporting, and helped develop an educational curriculum around inter-religious issues. Katie has also worked with Search for Common Ground in Lebanon, RESULTS Educational Fund in Washington, DC, and as a mediator in the Massachusetts District Courts. She has completed training in mediation and conflict transformation and was awarded Harvard’s Program on Negotiation (PON) Summer Fellowship in 2013.