Katherine Wheatle is the inaugural director of justice and equity grantmaking. In this role, Katherine works collaboratively with Foundation staff to realize and deepen the foundation’s commitment to justice and equity throughout its grantmaking. Katherine also drives the grantmaking strategy of the foundation’s $100M fund committed to anti-Black racism in the United States.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Katherine served as a strategy officer for federal policy and equity at the Lumina Foundation, where she supported the development and advancement of the foundation’s federal policy priorities to increase postsecondary educational attainment and affordability. Katherine’s intellectual and research pursuits explore the history of race and racism enacted through higher education policy.
A first-generation college graduate, Katherine holds a B.S. in African and African American Studies from Pennsylvania State University, M.S.P.H. in Health Policy and Health Service Research from Emory University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University.