Katie Petitt

Katie Petitt
Partenaire Affilié au GEIR
Région: États Unis

Katie Petitt’s passion for grassroots work began when, as Peace Studies undergraduate student at Whitworth University, she co-founded Food For Thought, a community organization in Spokane, WA that hosts annual relational dinners with usual attendance of 200+. The organization is now in its 9th year and has been adopted by the city as official programming. She began focusing internationally, studying at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and receiving a Certificate in Community Engagement, then later at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, earning her Master’s degree in International Peace Studies.Katie worked for five years in refugee resettlement at Heartland Alliance in Chicago and at Refugee World Services in Spokane. She also traveled Ethiopia as a Center for Conflict Studies Fellow for Middlebury University, conducting field research about water conflict in Ethiopia. She held over 40 interviews and traveled extensively around the country to collect stories about water issues, community development,and local solutions. More recently, Katie managed an international advocacy organization, The Advocacy Project, serving as Program Manager. Besides running the DC-based office, she spearheaded the Peace Fellowship Program, hiring and sending fellows to work with 14 grassroots organizations in ten countries. Using this experience, Katie consulted with Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, where she worked with its Executive Director on strategic planning for its programs and conducted a training on building relational systems internally and externally.