Director, Special Initiatives
Katie Hong is the director of special initiatives at the Raikes Foundation. Prior to that, Katie lead the foundation’s efforts to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness and supported its national education strategy. Before joining the Raikes Foundation in 2012, Katie consulted with private philanthropic foundations and nonprofit organizations on strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. She worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for more than five years, where she oversaw its Pacific Northwest Initiative, including efforts to reduce family homelessness and its work in advocacy grantmaking. Katie has also served as the director for the City of Seattle's Office of Housing, as executive policy advisor to Governor Gary Locke, and as a White House Fellow for both Clinton and Bush administrations. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. Katie is currently a fellow with the Billions Institute.