Katharine (Kate) Robb works on applied research and innovative approaches to solve urban environmental health challenges. She completed her doctorate of public health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2019. Currently, she leads studies focused on housing and health and how city governments can leverage their existing data and resources to be more effective, efficient, and equitable in responding to public health problems.

Prior to this role, Kate was the associate director of research projects at the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) at Emory University. There, she led multi-country research projects on sanitation-related exposures in urban slums and WASH conditions in healthcare facilities in low-resources settings. Kate has also worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE International, and AmeriCorps.

Kate grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Michigan, and her master’s in public health at Emory University. Outside of work, she serves on the MACDC Housing Quality and Health Task Force. She loves travel, weekend adventures, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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