Kate Phillips-Barrasso

Director, Humanitarian Policy

Kate joined InterAction as the Director of Humanitarian Policy in May of 2017. In this capacity, she helps lead the NGO community’s efforts to secure policies for improved humanitarian response and represents the experience and views of InterAction’s Members in both U.S. and international humanitarian policy fora. This includes sitting on the Grand Bargain Facilitation Group, the IASC Working Group, and UNHCR’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework Reference Group.

Prior to joining InterAction, Kate served as the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). At the IRC, she guided work to draw the attention of policymakers to global humanitarian needs, led advocacy efforts for policy change to better assist people forced to flee war and disaster, and oversaw the organization’s relations with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Executive Branch, and other NGOs. Kate also worked for several years as a Senior Policy Advisor with CARE, leading the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts on several humanitarian and development issues.

Kate holds a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources in Developing Countries from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in International Development Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.