Katie Sgarro, Co-Founder & President

Katie is a social entrepreneur and LGBTQ+ advocate. As the co-founder and executive director of AsylumConnect, they have led the organization for 5 years in establishing the world’s first tech resource platform for those fleeing persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity.

For their 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, they became a Roddenberry Fellow, joined Urban Justice Center’s Social Justice Accelerator, and they were selected as 1 of 24 emerging social purpose leaders for American Express’ Converge Academy in Brooklyn, NY. They are also a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020 (Law & Policy). They have been a featured speaker on LGBTQ+ rights and public good technology, and their work has appeared in national outlets including The HuffPost, Teen Vogue, The Clinton Foundation’s “Why Am I Telling You This?” Podcast, The Advocate, The Hill, and NowThis.

Katie is also the co-founder and a current board member of ed-tech nonprofit UPchieve. They 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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