Kate Grant joined the Foundation as its first Chief Executive in 2005. She led the expansion of the Foundation from supporting one institution in one country, Ethiopia, to its current position as the global leader in fistula treatment, supporting treatment partners in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia. During her tenure, the Foundation more than quadrupled its revenue and enabled the Foundation to support more than 10 times the number of fistula treatment surgeries. She’s formed partnerships with key leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Astellas Pharma EMEA, Direct Relief, Engender Health, and WAHA International, and put the Foundation in the top 1% of nonprofit organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator, earning a consistent “A” from CharityWatch and enabling Fistula Foundation to earn nearly 600 perfect 5 star ratings on GreatNonprofits. In recognition of these achievements, in 2014, Ms. Grant was named “Nonprofit Marketer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association and American Marketing Association Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Grant was engaged in advocating for a strong United States role in international cooperation. She served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Staff as the Special Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff at USAID and as a consultant to USAID’s Mission in Tanzania, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the Women’s Funding Network. Ms. Grant holds an MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she was elected Chair of the school’s Graduate Student Body. Prior to attending Princeton, she was an advertising executive at two large agencies: Leo Burnett in Chicago and FCB in San Francisco, managing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as Levi Strauss, McDonald’s, and Clorox. She graduated with honors from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. Ms. Grant has served on several boards, including the Governing Board of Graduate Alumni of Princeton University. She regularly gives presentations about the Foundation’s work, having presented twice at Princeton University and at Oxford University, for the 2015 Effective Altruism Global conference.