Prior to joining the Institute, Katarina was the COO/CFO of the Working Families Party and its sister organization, Working Families. Her efforts positioned the family of organizations for national expansion from three to ten states, and resulted in an unprecedented budgetary growth from $2M to $12M in three years.
Prior to Working Families, Katarina worked as COO/CFO at Riverkeeper, Inc., an advocacy and environmental organization, with Robert J. Kennedy Jr. as Chief Prosecuting Attorney. At Riverkeeper, Katarina successfully led critical efforts to stabilize organization’s finance, fundraising and operations through the financial crisis of 2008.
Prior to 2008, Katarina served as the CFO at Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC), an international public health organization established by the US Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke. She was actively involved in the merger of GBC with Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS (TPAA), where she served first as Director of Finance and Administration and then as Managing Director.
Prior to joining GBC, Katarina served as Director of Finance and Administration at Common Cents; Deputy Director of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International, a global network committed to sustainable development, established in 1991 by the Rockefeller Foundation; and a campaign organizer for International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILWGU, now UNITE).
Katarina holds an M.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; a B.A. from the City University of New York and Warsaw University; and has completed partial M.S. coursework at the Zicklin School of Business.
Katarina spent most of her childhood years in Warsaw, Poland. She has lived in New York since 1991. She is married to Arnaud Duplessy, a Haitian-American, and is a mother of two cats. She has traveled to many parts of the world; traveling is her favorite hobby. She enjoys movies (perhaps too much) and long walks.
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