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Kathryn E Cheney

Position: 
Alumna, M.S.
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Originally from Houston, TX, Katie graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and two minors in Religious Studies and Women's Studies. As a post-grad, Katie started working for an Indigenous development organization called First Peoples Worldwide, located in Fredericksburg, VA. She worked on various projects for FPW, including planning aTom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Indigenous Peoples in Asia in July 2011; developing social networking and other areas of communications; blog and article writing; grant-writing and financial development; program development; reviewing developmental grant applications from Indigenous communities; and planning two events at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous peoples in May 2012, among other tasks. In July 2012 Katie started working as an FPW field associate for a project in  Botswana. She travelled to Botswana in October-November 2012 and conducted a culturally-appropriate needs assessment with the Central Kalahari Game Reserve's Indigenous San population. 

Throughout her time at the Payson Center, Katie worked as a technical assistant to Dauphine Sloan and as a teaching assistant to Bill Bertrand. She was fortunate to be part of several education abroad opportunities in Cuba, Panama, and Italy, and conducted an independent research project in Panama on rural water boards with an environmental research NGO in Panama City, CATHALAC. Outside of school, Katie served as a program fellow at Global Health Research and Consulting, and as a communications manager with First Peoples Worldwide. 

Katie started working as a program associate with Panagora Group, located in Kensington, MD, in 2015. 

Primary Classification: 
Degrees: 
  • B.A., Penn State University, Anthropology, Religious Studies minor, Womens Studies minor, 2011
  • M.S. Tulane University Law School Payson Center for International Development, 2015
Country Experience: 
Botswana
Panama
Cuba
Turkey

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