Kat Klopp '14

Lorum Ipsum

Award for Professional Service

Kat Klopp has dedicated her career to reversing inequality. She earned her master’s degree in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from the Division of Programs in Business in 2014, so she could leverage the latest innovations to empower marginalized communities.

Her master’s degree has been the foundation of her work as Director of Marketing for Sheltering Arms, the New York City child welfare nonprofit (2013-2017), and EL Education, the national education reform nonprofit (2017-present).

At Sheltering Arms, Kat was an integral part of the team that developed New York’s Rock Safe Streets program, which supported a 90% decrease in shootings in the area compared to the same period before the program launched. She also developed and led the App-a-thon, an annual hackathon which pairs corporate volunteers with hundreds of low-income middle schoolers to design cell phone apps that improve their communities.

At EL Education, Kat and her colleagues launched national #BetterWorldDay, which unites students from across the country in learning projects that change the world. In 2018, its inaugural year, tens of thousands of students participated. On social media the hashtag earned 2.5 million impressions. Kat hopes the programs she has helped create will provide platforms for the next generation of public servants.