Katie Zenger brings over six years of professional experience managing and evaluating public health interventions and grant programs to IMPH. Her expertise lies primarily in public health program development, research and evaluation, as well as nonprofit leadership, due to her work as Director of Grants, Research, and Evaluation at the New Morning Foundation. She is also a skilled facilitator, strategic planner and grant-writer, with experience as a consultant with The Weathers Group and for various nonprofits statewide. In 2006, Katie graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, where she was the captain of the women’s fencing team, and a DJ for WSBF 88.1FM, the University’s radio station. From 2006 to 2009, she was the co-founder and co-director of Nashville Femme, a non-profit organization that raised awareness and funds for women’s health initiatives in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2011, she earned her Master’s degree in Public Health with a Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior concentration, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. Upon graduation, Katie began work at the New Morning Foundation, a nonpartisan, long-term initiative to improve young people’s reproductive health education, counseling and clinical services throughout South Carolina. Throughout her five-year tenure there, she worked collaboratively across the Foundation to lead and maximize the impact of all strategic research efforts, including a successful expansion of the Foundation’s statewide contraceptive access project. She also supported the development and piloted an innovative evaluation plan for the Foundation’s policy and advocacy programs, now known as the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, or WREN. In her role as Director, Katie provided oversight and strategic direction for the research and evaluation staff, including all grant-funded program efforts. During her time at New Morning Foundation, she earned the organization over 1.25 million dollars in grant funds, including a community health grant from the federal Office of Adolescent Health to build a coalition and improve the capacity of Orangeburg County, South Carolina to work together to improve teen pregnancy prevention efforts. She is a member of the Mu Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, the American Evaluation Association and also serves as the Regional Volunteer Coordinator for the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD), a nonprofit organization that helps to fund research for a cure and improve the quality of life of people affected by FTD, a rare form of early-onset dementia.
As Project Manager for IMPH, she will leverage her extensive skill set and passion for public health to support a collective process to foster the development of recommendations for state policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the future of the health care workforce in South Carolina.