Kate Zimmerman serves as Communications Specialist on USAID’s Preparedness and Response project (P&R), a project working in 16 countries in East Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia to support national multisectoral collaboration to prevent, detect and respond to pandemic threats. The P&R project is part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats-2 (EPT-2) suite of projects. In her role on the project, she leads project communications strategy, messaging, and reporting, working with three regional team points of contact to develop a wide range of advocacy and technical materials. Prior to her work on P&R, Kate has had more than ten years experience in relief work in conflict and disaster areas. She has served on long-term assignments in project management and communications in Iraq, Jordan, Chad, South Sudan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Somalia, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Haiti. Prior to her work in relief, she worked as a project manager for the Cultural Affairs office and the Fulbright Program for the U.S. Department of State, and in communications for Disney/ABC Networks. She is also the co-founder of LGBT Aid Workers, a networking organization for aid and development professionals interested in participating in or contributing to global LGBT communities. Kate attended the University of Virginia, receiving a B.A. in History and Economics, and graduate school for Clinical Forensic Psychology at George Washington University.
9:45 AM–10:45 AM Oct 22, 2018 (US - Eastern)