Katie Appel, Deputy Chief of Party/Youth Specialist
Katie Appel has been working in positive youth development and civil society strengthening since 2017. In her current role as Deputy Chief of Party of USAID Participación Cívica in Guatemala (2015-2020), a transparency and anti-corruption project, Katie supports the overall management of the program, including oversight of local staff and technical deliverables. She also serves as a key liaison with USAID and represents Counterpart to local and national governmental authorities, local CSOs, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
Before joining Counterpart in October 2018, Katie served as a member of Youth & Economic Empowerment team at Plan International USA for eight years, providing program management support to education and economic empowerment projects for young people. Her USAID portfolio has included management support to projects in El Salvador focused on youth employment in high-violence communities, education and civil society strengthening in Honduras, and school governance in South Sudan. She also brings technical expertise from her work teaching youth and adults in a vocational training center in Ecuador.