Katie Burns is the strategic communications manager at City Parks Alliance, where she promotes the benefits of urban parks and recreation with members, policymakers, and other stakeholders. She is passionate about the intersection of urbanism and public land, and strives to create access to resources that drive equity for all.
Her background includes digital marketing and content design for nonprofits and organizations that inspire. At Net Impact in Oakland, California, she led content and programming for the organization’s flagship conference series and facilitated learning opportunities across the network on four different conferences in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Pheonix, and Detroit. Prior to that, she worked in public relations for foundations and nonprofits with a focus on public interest communications. She has also worked with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to support digital outreach and membership engagement through social media and events and volunteers on several boards focused on public school advocacy, pedestrian safety, and green space equity.
Katie graduated with honors with her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and earned her bachelor’s from the University of Florida’s School of Journalism and Communications. She curates a weekly newsletter called Something Good, which focuses on the intersection of social justice and creativity. When she’s not making color-coded Google Docs, you can usually find her out along the Schuylkill River Trail running or riding her bike (but don’t worry, she creates elaborate Google Sheets for that too!)