Katharine Ferguson is Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group and Director of CSG’s Regional and Rural Development Initiatives. Katharine is an experienced leader and public manager with a penchant for civic engagement, bridging perceived divides, and systems change. Katharine served as Chief of Staff for the White House Domestic Policy Council and as Chief of Staff for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Obama Administration. Previously, Katharine spent several years as an aide in the U.S. Senate working on community economic development, economic and social mobility, agriculture, food, public health and nutrition. Regardless of the topic at hand, Katharine’s interest is in the practical challenges of institutional change, policy implementation, and collaborative governance. Katharine lives in Denver and enjoys hiking, swimming and running in the Colorado sun, as well as traveling to new places–from small towns here in the U.S. to countries far afield.