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Kate Krontiris

Kate Krontiris is an ethnographer, strategist, and musician working to make our civic life more inclusive and meaningful.

She has served as a consultant to Google, Facebook, the Knight Foundation, and the Omidyar Network, among others.  Kate also served as a consulting user researcher for the U.S. Digital Service within the Executive Office of President Barack Obama. She provides design thinking, graphic facilitation, and cross-cultural communication work to organizations of all sizes for Mobius Executive Leadership.

Kate currently serves as the Co-Director for the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck project, affiliated with the MIT Media Lab and supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  With her colleagues, she is working to catalyze an inclusive and intersectional movement in breastfeeding innovation.  Simultaneously, Kate has been exploring a democracy moonshot: how we might get a representative 80% of eligible Americans voting by 2028, with support from the Democracy Fund.

As an organizational development strategist, Kate has over 20 years of facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution experience. She has led organizational development processes with the Corporation for National & Community Service, Artsy, Etsy, Merck for Mothers, and several major global companies, among others. Prior to her graduate education, Kate built a career in problem-solving justice and mediation. Working with the Center for Court Innovation around New York City, she shepherded a multi-stakeholder task force on prison reentry in Harlem and developed meaningful community service initiatives for the Bronx Criminal Court. She also mediated over 150 conflicts through youth court and conflict resolution programs.

Kate is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  For the 2015-2018 academic years, Kate was a fellow and then an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, at Harvard University.

She serves on the board of Democracy Works and is a proud alumna of the AmeriCorps National Service Program.

Kate lives with her husband David Sengeh – who serves as Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Government of Sierra Leone – and their daughters Nina and Pax in Freetown, Sierra Leone.