Katie Parker - Senior Research Associate
Katie Parker joined The Democracy Collaborative in 2014 and works as a Senior Research Associate. A primary focus of her work has been on how anchor institutions can leverage their business practices, such as procurement, hiring and investment, to build community wealth. She is co-author of the Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities toolkit series, and has provided facilitation and content support to The Democracy Collaborative’s healthcare and higher education anchor networks. Her current body of work is focused on regional economic development and rural strategies for a more democratic economy. Katie is also editor of the community-wealth.org newsletter and coordinates The Democracy Collaborative’s internship program.
Katie has a B.A. in environmental studies from Brown University, where she focused on the political economy of food systems and worked on local food procurement. Prior to moving to DC, she worked for a community-based conservation non-profit in the Swan Valley of Montana. Outside of work, Katie is a case manager with the DC Abortion Fund.