Katie Sonnen-Lee

Program Associate
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As a program associate, Katie Sonnen-Lee provides programmatic and administrative support for MRBF’s network officers, and guidance to current and potential grantee partners.

Katie has a background in a broad range of nonprofit and educational environments, including several years of work with families living in poverty. She spent three years in South Korea teaching low-income children English as a second language – an extremely important skill for high-wage employment there. While working with families experiencing homelessness with young children in New Mexico, Katie worked with foundations, policy makers and institutional partners to address the multi-faceted causes and effects of extreme poverty on individuals and communities.  

After growing up in Washington, Georgia and Tennessee, Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Roanoke College in Virginia. She also holds an MBA from National American University in Texas. Her favorite pastimes include travel, reading and introducing her two young sons to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.