Katie Carter



CEO, Pride Foundation


Katie Carter has been working working within social change organizations and philanthropy for the past 15 years, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+, racial, and gender justice. Originally from the Midwest, she moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008 to contribute her passion for social change with her skills in organizational development, fundraising, communications, and strategy.

In 2019, she relocated to Seattle to become the CEO of Pride Foundation after being on staff for 5 years. In her role as CEO, Katie supports the foundation’s efforts by building community and institutional partnerships, developing creative communications strategies, and mobilizing resources to affect change in the Northwest. Prior to her current role, Katie was the Director of Strategic Priorities and before that the Regional Philanthropy Officer in Oregon. She currently is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington. She also was a co-founder of a restorative justice group that facilitates a gender and sexuality seminar for people who are incarcerated.
Katie is a highly strategic leader adept at fostering organizational growth and development and working within the field of philanthropy to bring about social change. She is a creative and impactful communicator, messaging strategist, writer, and speaker, and a critically-minded change agent who brings a deep social and racial justice analysis to all components of her work.

Katie earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy of Science from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Philosophy from DePaul University. Katie is an avid reader of feminist and political writing, philosophy, poetry, and memoir, and has had a lifelong interest in science and the natural world. She also enjoys crafting, watercolor, writing, everything having to do with cats, and all bodies of water, especially the Oregon coast.