After growing up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Katie became the first in her family to apply to college, graduating from the University of Southern California in 2008 with B.A.s in English and Philosophy. As an undergraduate, Katie joined the Joint Educational Project, USC's longest running service-learning program, to conduct writing workshops with local elementary school students. This experience led her to pursue a teaching credential at UC Irvine in 2010. After relocating to the Bay Area in 2011, Katie joined Americorps and served as the College and Career Coordinator at Mission Beacon Center in San Francisco. Her passion for creating a college-going culture and talking about college all day every day led her to her true calling: working one-on-one with high school students to help them reach their full potential and their educational goals.
For the next five years, Katie worked as an education consultant at a large educational services firm in Fremont, advising students from eighth grade through graduate school on everything from personal projects to personal statements. She eventually became a lead consultant, helping to facilitate the professional development of the firm's 30-member consulting team. In 2017, Katie received a graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UC Irvine and began volunteering as a virtual coach with ScholarMatch, a San Francisco-based nonprofit helping high-achieving, low-income students gain access to higher education. In 2018, she joined the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and became an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
Katie knows firsthand how valuable it can be to have an advisor and an ally during the daunting college admissions process. After working with so many students from competitive high schools like Mission San Jose, she has seen how important it is for students to develop crucial personal traits, explore their interests, impact their communities, and truly understand their options in order to gain admission to colleges that fit both who they are and who they want to become.