Katie first encountered World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine when she participated in the event as a teenager.
The Famine experience—a youth group overnight where students give up food for 30 hours and raise
money to benefit hungry kids—sparked a lasting desire in her to help people living in poverty. Now, as
the program’s national director, Katie focuses on empowering young people to deepen their relationship
with Christ and explore their calling in the world. “We need more people who realize not only that God
calls us to care for the poor, but also that they are uniquely gifted to help make this world a better place,”
Throughout her career, Katie has honed her passions of fighting global hunger and inspiring youth. Starting
as a Famine intern in 2011, she worked her way up through a variety of outreach roles, from church
marketing to mobilizing college students for advocacy and fundraising with World Vision. In a society
saturated with connectivity and consumerism, Katie invites young people to consider sacrifice as a means of
life-changing discipleship with God.
Katie has a bachelor’s in sociology, with minors in anthropology and African studies, from Elon University in
North Carolina. She and her husband, Brian, live with their dog, Pippin, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.