Kathy Im, MacArthur Foundation

TITLE: Director of Journalism and Media

FUNDING AREAS: Documentaries, radio, television, nonprofit journalism, media

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PROFILE: Im is the Director of Journalism and Media at the MacArthur Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

Kathy oversees investments in the Foundation’s Journalism and Media program, which supports the foremost institutions of public service journalism, documentary storytelling, and participatory civic media. During her tenure, MacArthur has contributed to numerous impactful and award-winning investigative reports, and important innovations in the production and distribution of nonfiction media. In the Fall of 2014, Kathy took a sabbatical from the Foundation to be a Visiting Fellow at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab. At MIT, she explored the intersection of interactive documentaries and digital journalism, and laid the groundwork for new collaborations between interactive media makers and major news organizations. She is the co-author of “Unrestricted funding vital for journalism,” published by the American Press Institute in 2016, a member of the Peabody Board of Jurors, and the board of Media Impact Funders.

At MacArthur, Kathy has also managed or contributed to a number of special initiatives, including the Foundation’s work on gun violence prevention, intellectual property in the public interest, Internet information credibility, migration, and American democracy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kathy worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bank of America Foundation. In 2007, Kathy was named a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a civic program for emerging leaders.

Kathy earned her bachelor's degree in government from Smith College and her master's in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago, where she was a founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Policy Review.

Jorgen Thomsen, MacArthur Foundation

TITLE: Director, Climate Solutions

FUNDING AREAS: Conservation, environmental sustainability, marine conservation

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PROFILE: Jorgen Thomsen has spent much of his career at the helms of massive conservation programs, protecting the most vulnerable hotspots of biodiversity around the world. At the MacArthur Foundation, he's continuing that work but is expanding it to take on the underlying threats to biodiversity, including climate change. His foundation bio shares:

Prior to joining the foundation in 2009, Thomsen spent 14 years with Conservation International as Senior Vice President of the organization’s Conservation Funding Division and as Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, which included leading a $260 million grantmaking and partnership development facility for civil society organizations in the most biodiversity rich areas of the world. Before this he was the chief executive of TRAFFIC, an organization that monitors trade in natural resources, and he held positions at WWF and IUCN, and in the Danish ministry of environment.
Thomsen has a MSc in zoology and also attended law school at the University of Copenhagen in his native Denmark.

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Cate Fox, MacArthur Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Chicago arts & culture-- theater, dance, musical groups, museums, exhibitors, and visual arts

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PROFILE: Cate Fox is a senior program officer at the MacArthur Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

Cate oversees the arts & culture in the Chicago Commitment program area.
Most recently, Cate served as a senior consultant at The Alford Group, a consulting firm to the nonprofit community. Over nearly seven years with Alford she helped a diverse set of nonprofit organizations, including those in the arts, to evaluate programs, assess organizational strength, conduct strategic planning, and increase fundraising. Previously, Cate worked with the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. to revise their international programs and structure. Prior to that work she held a variety of positions within the nonprofit sector.
Cate received a Master of Arts degree in Peace and Development Studies with first class honors from the University of Limerick (Limerick, Ireland), and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA).