Strategic Initiatives Project Officer
Katie Giles is Strategic Initiatives Project Officer for the Democratic Knowledge Project. The Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP) is a K-16 civic education that offers curriculum development resources, professional development workshops for educators, and assessment tools and services—all in support of education for democracy. Katie broadly oversees the DKP work areas in curriculum development, professional development, assessment and evaluation and strategy and policy. Katie has her master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College. Prior to joining the Center in 2019, she was at the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she managed implementation and evaluation of school, out of school time and community-based interventions. She also oversaw a national initiative studying the health and cost impact of health policy interventions in school, early care, government and community settings. Katie has worked over the past 15 years on school-based interventions and evaluations in districts throughout Massachusetts and North Carolina and on decision-making related to school-based health initiatives in states, cities and counties across the country in partnership with health and education agencies. In her spare time, Katie enjoys surfing and biking.