Kate earned her M.S.W. from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College where she received academic honors. While earning her graduate degree, Kate interned with the Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program with Catholic Migration Services and also with the Vera Institute of Justice where she worked within the intersections of the criminal justice system, immigration, and policy. Before getting her Masters, Kate lived and worked in Guatemala where she facilitated groups of medical students from the U.S. in their process of learning about indigenous health care systems as well as the complex historical and political context of the region. Kate is originally from Minnesota where she mediated restorative community meetings between first-time offenders and the impacted parties. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and is fluent in Spanish.