Kate Krontiris is an ethnographer, strategist, and facilitator working to make our civic life more inclusive and meaningful. In the past five years, she has served as a consultant to Google, Facebook, the Knight Foundation, the Omidyar Network, and 100Kin10, among others. Kate also served as a consulting user researcher for the U.S. Digital Service within the Executive Office of President Barack Obama. Over the past few years, Kate has been exploring a democracy moonshot: how we might get a representative 80% of eligible Americans voting by 2028, with support from the Democracy Fund. Kate is best known for her applied research on how people use technology for civic purposes. Her seminal work focused on what motivates America’s “Interested Bystanders” to get involved with civic life. The study’s publicly available findings have been applied to product development at Google and shared through targeted briefings to foundations, non-profits, and social enterprises across the civic tech ecosystem. This work has been replicated in Charlotte, North Carolina by researchers at UNC Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University, with the support of the Knight Foundation and Google.
Kate is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. For the 2015-2018 academic years, Kate was a fellow and then an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, at Harvard University. She is a proud alumna of the AmeriCorps National Service Program.