Kate Goertzen (she/her)

Deputy Director of Learning & Engagement


Kate Goertzen (she/her) is the Deputy Director of Learning and Engagement at the National Harm Reduction Coalition. Kate works with staff and our allies in the harm reduction movement to envision and support expansion of our capacity building work, ensuring strategies and growth are grounded in racial and health equity. She is passionate about building high-impact but intuitive tools that enable individual advocates, organizations, and entire movements to tell their own stories effectively. Kate lives in Northeast Washington DC with her husband and hound dog and enjoys exploring the greater DC area, cooking, gardening, supporting local art, reading with a view, vacationing without a plan, hiking, pilates, live music, and finding the next incredible full-album experience.

Inspired by

Art; loud music (but also, finding unexpected silence); getting outside; cooking a fantastic meal (even if it’s super simple); reading something that takes an unexpected turn; building community that pushes me to think about something in a new way.

Outraged by

Indifference; NIMBYism; bad food.

Professional Affiliations/Accomplishments

Following the abrupt implementation of the White House’s unjust Muslim Ban, collaborated to stand up an organization of volunteer attorneys and other community members working out of baggage claim at IAD.

Supported launch of the African Leaders for Nutrition, a platform for high-level political engagement housed at the African Development Bank.

Served on the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Civil Society Steering Group, representing global civil society voices in forums on nutrition.

Holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Swarthmore College.