With 15 years of leadership experience in higher education and global development, Katie Curiel helps build knowledge-based economies, social impact initiatives and outstanding global opportunities for communities and organizations worldwide. Her proud roots from Phoenix, Arizona, combined with her expanse into the global education development realms in Washington, DC, Katie has worked with thousands of students, scholars and partners from over 100 different countries and traveled throughout four continents. Overall, she has worked in international organizations locally and abroad since 2000, collaborating with governments, businesses, civil service, consulting and other organizations around the world, especially within the Asia, Mexico and Middle East contexts. Through her work in organizations such as the Institute of International Education, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and The Washington Center, she has been able to contribute to international and multicultural education and understanding, capacity building, innovation, social entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, workforce development and social justice.She has had the opportunity to work closely with thousands of international, at-risk, multicultural, and high-achieving populations, as well as to manage strategic plans and partnerships with some of the world’s leading higher education institutions. Being actively engaged in improving local and transnational communities and leaving a positive legacy for future generations is important to Katie. She has provided countless hours of service to dozens of community organizations and scholarship providers. She is currently heading up two global social entrepreneurial initiatives, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the DC Muslim Writers Collective, continues to contribute to her sisterhood of fourteen years – Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. and collaborates with diverse local and visiting musicians and artists to put on unique performing arts collaboratives throughout the greater DMV region.