Katherine Borgen

Katherine Borgen
Co-Founder; COO


Katherine is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Smarter Perspectives. Alongside her colleagues, she is responsible for the development of Smarter Perspective’s strategic goals and objectives while managing hands-on operational aspects of the organization. She is currently a graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs specializing in International Development with a concentration in Global Health. She will also be receiving her certificate in Documentary Film Studies at the Institute for Documentary Film Making at The George Washington University.

Her prior experience includes volunteering at various non-profit organizations in South Florida aimed at assisting the homeless through pro-bono legal clinics regarding immigration, property loss, and miscellaneous legal matters. She also assisted in coordinating fundraising events for disaster relief in Haiti and Japan.

Katherine was also an intern at the International Rescue Committee of Miami where she held a dual position as Volunteer Coordinator and Teaching Assistant for the IRC’s ESL/Civics Naturalization program. Her work contributed to the IRC’s mission in providing aid to thousands of refugees fleeing political, religious and racial oppression whom sought new and productive lives in South Florida.

Her academic interests involve a combination of economic development and global health. She believes addressing the health concerns of individuals living in developing nations is crucial to the development and survival of the state. Her research includes the economic and social impact of disease/malnutrition on populations and the health consequences of trauma, violence, and displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean.


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