Kate Houstoun, Barra Foundation

TITLE:  Program Officer, Health and Human Services

FOCUS AREAS: Health, human services

CONTACT: (610) 964-7601; khoustoun@barrafoundation.org

PROFILE: In 2012, Kate Houstoun joined the Barra Foundation as a program officer after working at the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Professional affiliations include Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia, Center for Progressive Leadership, SEPTA, GreenLight Fund Philadelphia, Truman National Security Project, and Young Involved Philadelphia.

Houstoun’s Barra Foundation shares:

Kate joined The Barra Foundation in July 2012 from the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia where she was Managing Director. Previous to the Sustainable Business Network, Kate served as Deputy Director for The Doe Fund, a New York-based nonprofit organization that serves formerly incarcerated and homeless adults. After graduating from the University of Delaware, she volunteered for and later managed a community development project for the American Friends Service Committee in rural Mexico. Kate is a Truman National Security Project fellow and a past fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership and Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. She chairs the Board of Directors of Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia.

Her Green for All profile elaborates to share:

Kate Houstoun's two professional priorities are to provide quality work opportunities to Philadelphians living in poverty and to improve life in Philadelphia for all. Kate was recently hired by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) to lead the Green Economy Task Force and to develop Philadelphia's Green Business Council. The Task Force was convened over a year ago to build critical cross-sector collaboration and policies to move Philadelphia’s green economy forward. The coalition recently reached 130 stakeholder groups including business, labor, government, policy, job training, and community representatives. The Green Business Council, set to launch this summer, will serve to align job training programs with the needs of green businesses and to secure hiring commitments from private sector members. Prior to SBN, Kate worked in workforce development, serving formerly incarcerated and homeless adults at The Doe Fund. Her experience also includes community development, volunteer recruitment, and environmental education at American Friends Service Committee. Kate is a Board Member of the Mayor’s Office of Community Services (Philadelphia’s Community Action Agency) and an Advisory Board Member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green program. Kate lives in South Philadelphia with her dog, Early.

Houstoun also made Billy Penn’s list of Who’s Next: 15 Young Philadelphians Shaping the Cty’s Philanthropy Sector.