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Katie DiSalvo-Thronson, Community Engagement Officer

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Katie DiSalvo-Thronson, Community Engagement Officer

Katie DiSalvo-Thronson, MA

Katie is passionate about building community – especially across divisions of race and class – and organizing to help all members of our society have more of what we need to thrive.

At the Horizon Foundation, Katie leads outreach and organizing for policy initiatives. She has managed efforts seeking healthier vending in libraries and other county property, for improved school food and for increased funding to make it safer and easier to bike around the county. Katie also works to foster partnerships and strengthen communication with county residents and organizations passionate about health. With every effort, her work involves close collaboration with local advocacy organizations, nonprofits, faith communities and volunteers.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie honed organizing skills in diverse settings. In Baltimore, she worked on voter turnout, contributed to a successful campaign to increase local education funding and won school bus service for a community of local immigrants. In Detroit, while working on comprehensive neighborhood change, she ran a “learning community” for community organizers that grew from 30 to 140 participants under her leadership. In the Dominican Republic she led a team that organized and implemented a school improvement effort for the community school where she worked that was called “best in country” by a national network of schools. In New York City she conducted and published academic research on community organizing and engagement by local congregations.

She speaks fluent Spanish and holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion from Harvard University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University, with a certificate in urban policy and planning. She lives in Harper’s Choice with her husband and young son.

Favorite things in Howard County

  • Running on the trails right outside my door
  • Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • That people have high hopes for their community, and are willing to work to achieve them!

Why I care about promoting health and wellness

By promoting health and wellness – and working with local community members to do it – we can promote justice, compassion and inclusivity.

Contact Katie to find out how to get involved in local health advocacy or to share what is happening in your community!

Contact information

E-mail: kdthronson@thehorizonfoundation.org

Phone: 410-715-0311 x1223

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