Kate joined PhRMA in February 2017 as Associate Vice President for International Advocacy. In this role, Kate leads PhRMA’s work in India, Australia and emerging markets.
Prior to joining PhRMA, Kate served in the U.S. government for over 15 years, most recently as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID her work focused on overall strategy of the agency and specific programs in global health, humanitarian assistance and governance across the 13 bilateral missions & three regional missions. At USAID, Kate also played a leadership role in developing the response to the Haiti Earthquake and broad engagement of Congressional leadership to secure funding for Haiti relief programs and policies.
Prior to USAID, Kate worked at the Peace Corps, beginning as Director of the Office of Congressional Relations where she led the negotiations for the agency’s highest budget request to date, global programmatic expansions in Asia, Africa and the pacific regions, and managed the implementation of the Kate Puzey Volunteer Protection Act focused on Volunteer safety procedures. After her work in Congressional Relations, Kate was selected as the Director of Peace Corps Response where she led the reorganization that resulted in a record number of Volunteers, the expansion of the Global Health Service Partnership into Liberia and Swaziland and the launch of innovative private sector partnerships with companies such as IBM and Johnson & Johnson. Prior to the Peace Corps, Kate worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staff member to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, handling appropriations and economic development policy and later as Legislative Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Kate began her career in public service with the Peace Corps as a Volunteer in Paraguay. Kate lives in Washington, DC.