Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Kathryn’s work experience centers on using business models to create social impact. She is a Senior Associate for the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), an early-stage impact investing foundation based in Menlo Park, California, where she sources, funds, and supports entrepreneurs solving critical social problems.
Kathryn invests domestically and internationally, across sectors. She is particularly excited by ideas that tackle systemic poverty, from companies that market to low-income consumers to innovations that change the systems that drive poverty.
Previously, Kathryn helped drive strategy at Digital Divide Data (DDD), a social enterprise that jump-starts economic growth in developing countries by importing demand for business process outsourcing (BPO) jobs. DDD then trains and employs bright, poor youth in Cambodia, Laos, and Kenya to deliver the work. Kathryn helped run business operations and chart the growth strategy that led to DDD’s expansion to Africa.
Kathryn also consulted with the World Wildlife Fund to find and evaluate investment opportunities in sustainable commodity supply chains.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Kathryn earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where she helped manage the Global Social Venture Competition. She graduated with a BA in economics from Yale University.
Kathryn served her fellowship at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation under the mentorship of Managing Partners Jim Bildner and Christy Chin. She is a member of Class 21.