Katherine Grainger is a principal and managing director at Civitas Public Affairs Group LLC. Former assistant counsel to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, she specializes in civil rights, labor, and education. As a member of Cuomo’s legal team, Katherine was responsible for crafting and implementing major legislative initiatives, including the Marriage Equality Act, and overseeing pressing regulatory and litigation matters concerning the state. Prior to joining the governor’s staff, Katherine was a senior staff member of the New York State Senate.

Katherine is a prominent voice in the reproductive rights and justice movements, having previously served as vice president for public policy and political initiatives at NARAL Pro-Choice NY and as director of state policy at the national Center for Reproductive Rights. Prior to law school, Katherine worked extensively on civil rights and women’s policy issues in the U.S., Kenya, and Yemen. A frequent public speaker, Katherine is quoted widely in the national press and has appeared on PBS’s “Frontline” and NPR.

She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and women’s studies from the George Washington University and a law degree from Northeastern School of Law. Katherine is a member of the New York State Bar.