Katy’s practice focuses primarily on network and social system mapping, multi-stakeholder collaboration, and systems-informed strategy as key avenues for transformative systems change that strengthens social justice and ecological health. As a facilitator, systems thinker, and content expert in the fields of water, food and farming, and climate change, Katy supports leaders, organizations, and collaboratives in navigating complexity to develop adaptive strategies that address the root causes of social and environmental problems.
Katy is a Fellow of the Academy for Systems Change, Senior Partner at Ag Innovations, and volunteers on several projects advancing healthy, just, and regenerative food systems. She holds a Masters in Holistic Science (with Distinction) from Schumacher College in the UK and a BSc (Honours, First Class) in Physical Geography from McGill University in Montreal. Katy lives in a land-based intentional community in Northern California, where she has honed her consensus decision-making skills over the past 15 years.
She was previously Director of Programs at Ag Innovations, a Fellow of the Oakland Institute, and US Local Food Program Director at the International Society for Ecology and Culture. She has a background in systems thinking, collaboration, and environmental science and policy.