Katie Grassle

Regional Network: 
Eastern Regional Network
Class Year: 
Program Grants Manager
Citizens Committee for New York City
Brooklyn, NY

Growing up in Evanston, IL, Katie loved spending her summers in the African ape house at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. For her undergraduate thesis, she focused on the hunting behavior of the chimpanzees at the zoo while participating in their Behavioral Monitoring Internship. After she graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Anthropology and minor in Biology, she went on to particpate in a six-month pilot study focusing on the behavioral ecology of organtuans at the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sabah, Malaysia. There, she saw the importance and need for community-driven conservation efforts and shifted her focus to grassroots efforst in the US. Katie now works at Citizens Committee for New York City to support grassroots community groups through project planning assistance, workshops, and grant management. Katie originally served with Citizens Committee as an NYC Civic Corps member, and rejoined the team after leaving to complete a master's in Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Her thesis focused on the mutual benefits of community gardens for human health and butterfly conservation in four South Bronx gardens. Katie is passionate about environmental justice, and hopes to continue using a local, grassroots approach to addressing human health issues as a result of disproportionate environmental degradation.