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.

  • Technical expertise in capacity building, community development and resilience, positive youth development, and youth employment and entrepreneurship, with a focus on gender, youth, and social inclusion
  • Relationship management with government, private sector, NGO, and partners
  • Effective project management (budgets, technical deliverables) for USG-funded grants and sub-contracts
  • Community building across diverse teams and stakeholders
  • Capacity building for field teams
  • Advanced Spanish language skills.


  • M.A., International Development Studies from George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • B.A. from the University of Virginia


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