Katie Sgarro, Co-Founder & President

Katie is a social entrepreneur and LGBTQ+ advocate. She has led AsylumConnect for 5 years in establishing the first ever digital resource platform for LGBTQ+ asylum.

For her work on AsylumConnect, Katie was selected as the winner of MCC15’s Millennium Peace Prize at the UN (2015), named to the Clinton Foundation’s CGI U Alumni Honor Roll of social innovators and a Mogul Influencer (2017), and a Washington Post’s WP BrandStudio Influencer (2018). In 2019, she became a Roddenberry Fellow, joined Urban Justice Center’s Social Justice Accelerator, and was selected as 1 of 24 emerging social purpose leaders for American Express’ Converge Academy in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020 (Law & Policy). She has been a featured speaker on LGBTQ+ rights and public good technology, and her work has appeared in national outlets including The HuffPost, Teen Vogue, The Advocate, The Hill, and NowThis.

Katie is also co-founder and board member of ed-tech nonprofit UPchieve. She received a B.A. cum laude with distinction in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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