Katie Kristensen is a program manager at the Social Policy Institute (SPI) at Washington University in St. Louis. She organizes programs and activities in alignment with the strategic direction of SPI by creating and managing long term goals, developing and operating the plan for programs, and facilitating collaboration between research teams, partners, and stakeholders.
Previously, Katie was the credit building manager at Justine PETERSEN, a community development finance institute, which seeks to increase the financial capability of low to moderate-income individuals via affordable housing, small business lending, and credit building. Previous experience with applied research and evaluation serves as an underpinning for Katie’s passion for participatory research and systems thinking. Katie obtained a master’s degree at Washington University with a focus in social economic development and specialization in research and a bachelor’s degree at Ohio Wesleyan University majoring in sociology and women’s and genders studies.