Cate Contino

ERN (2011)

Brooklyn, New York

Cate Contino Cowit is the Campaigns Associate at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), New York State's largest student-directed research and advocacy organization. She focuses primarily on public transit, transparency in government, and the regulation of mercury-added products. 

As coordinator of NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign, Cate spends the majority of her time fighting for safe, affordable, dignified and reliable public transportation in New York City. 

She can often be found with yarn-laced fingers and a crochet hook in hand.

Cate graduated with honors from the SUNY University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program (Eastern Region, 2011), a national organization whose mission is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future and boasts a dynamic network of 700 of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders.

Cate is a native New Yorker by way of the Finger Lakes and proud Brooklyn transplant. She happily lives in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens with her husband and best friend, Jay Cowit, and their rescue cats, Alf and Zoey.