We're thrilled to share that we are expanding NCG's capacity around climate and disaster resilience. Katie Oran (she/her) has joined NCG as its first-ever Climate and Disaster Resilience Fellow playing a central role in supporting the development of regional and statewide strategies. Katie brings experience in climate adaption, disaster response, land use planning, climate justice organizing, and wildfire mitigation.
Katie joins the Strategic Initiatives team working closely with Alan Kwok and will play a central role in NCG's efforts around racial equity and climate equity. She'll support the coordination of philanthropic disaster response, help deliver programs for members, research climate and disaster-related public policy, and track natural hazard events impacting communities across the state.
"Katie's addition is the beginning of NCG's reorientation of philanthropic disaster resilience to include climate equity," said Alan Kwok, NCG's Climate and Disaster Resilience Director. "Her insight and contributions are already having an impact as we amplify solutions and coordinate with funders. In this newly created role, we can effectively work towards a climate-resilient California."
You can find research and writings from Katie's work published in Places Journal, Business Insider, the New America Weekly, NPR, as well as in the Journal Frontiers in Forest and Global Change. Katie worked most recently at the Community Wildfire Planning Center after finishing her Master's in Regional Planning from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. When she's not working, you can find Katie in Davis, CA trying to escape the heat with her sweet dog, Dolly Parton.
Interested in getting to know Katie or learning about the new Funder for Climate Justice network? Get in touch!