Kate Krontiris is a researcher, strategist, and facilitator working to transform civic life in America. With full research support from Google’s civic innovation portfolio, she is currently investigating how we have become a nation of interested bystanders, and what can be done to nudge everyday people to assert greater ownership over the decisions that govern their lives.
Kate is best known for her applied research on how people use technology for civic purposes. Previously, Kate shepherded a discovery and design process on behalf of Personal Democracy Media to investigate and envision a new center for civic innovation in New York City. She also led a first-of-its-kind investigation into American elections to assess the human motivations, technological systems, and institutional landscapes that define elections administration at the most local levels, on behalf of the non-profit, non-partisan civic startup TurboVote.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, Kate will be a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She holds a Masters in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Kate serves as a member of the Harlem Justice Corps Community Advisory Board and is an alumna of the AmeriCorps National Service Program.