Deputy Director, PBHA
Kate Johnsen began working with the greater Boston community as an undergraduate at Phillips Brooks House Association in 1998. Upon graduation, Kate received a Stride Rite Post-Graduate Fellowship to open a youth center in Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development. This work led her later serve as the director of South Boston Families Advocating Neighborhood Strength- a community coalition striving to support the healthy development of youth and families in partnership with the Department of Children and Families. Kate is currently the Deputy Director at the Phillips Brooks House Association; coaching students to operate over eighty programs serving youth and families in the greater Boston area. Kate’s additional professional interests and involvement include: staff development, youth organizing, youth development, Post-Traumatic Stress Management and crisis response in communities, mentoring and family development programming. Beyond PBHA, as the Senior Resident Tutor in Quincy House, she devotes time to support the academic and personal development of Harvard students. Most importantly, she devotes her out-of-work time to supporting the development of her own two children.