Katy is a native Costa Rican who has worked in international development, social justice, and education quality for more than 20 years. She served as program director of SIT's IHP: Social Innovation program from 2016 to 2018, collaboratively creating the experiential learning journey in San Francisco, Uganda, India, and Brazil. Before coming to SIT, she was the strategy and innovation officer for Televisa Foundation, country director for The Nature Conservancy Costa Rica, program manager for the US Peace Corps Rural and Community Development Program in Costa Rica, and client services manager for the international microcredit organization Pro Mujer: Programs for Women in Mexico.
Katy holds an EdD from Columbia University's Teachers College; a master's in international development management from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs; and a BS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Her intellectual interests focus on rural education, social entrepreneurship, microfinance, bilingual and intercultural education, indigenous peoples and development, teacher education, technology and innovation, social movements, and migration.