Kate Phillips-Barrasso

Kate Phillips-Barrasso is the Director of Humanitarian Policy at InterAction. 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 policy makers 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 a number of humanitarian and development issues.

Kate is a Truman National Security Project Fellow and served as a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. She holds a Master's in International Development Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley in Conservation of Natural Resources in Developing Countries.

The Global Compact on Refugees: A Long Way to Go in Breaking the Status Quo

One definition of a compact is an agreement among states or between nations on matters in which they have common concern. As the last few years have borne out—with refugee numbers reaching 22.5 million globally—responding to refugee needs and the communities and countries that host them is truly a matter of common concern.

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Title: 
Director, Humanitarian Policy
Department: 
Humanitarian Policy & Practice