Katie Martin Lightfoot, a native of Dallas, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a B.A. in International Relations and a certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice. She received a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.

Prior to her work with Impact America, Katie spearheaded Campaign for School Equity’s student advocacy work in Memphis. She created the Student Advocacy Program that taught nearly 500 students across Shelby County about civic engagement and the importance of using their voice to make positive change. Katie has also worked for the Texas State Capitol, the Center for Public Policy Priorities, and the Andy Roddick Foundation.

After college, Katie served as an AmeriCorps member for two years with City Year and Reading Partners. During this time, she was awarded the “AmeriCorps Make a Difference” award by the Governor of Texas. Her service with AmeriCorps sparked her commitment and passion for public service. Currently, Katie is a member of the Junior League of Memphis and a mentor with the Grizzlies Foundation.

What do you like to do for fun?

Being outdoors is one of my favorite places to be. I love being active and exploring nature. I’m currently in the process of visiting every National Park with my husband. When I’m feeling less adventurous, you can find me binge watching shows on Netflix with my fur babies. I also love cooking, volunteering, and working out.

Who is someone you admire and why?

My parents. Being the oldest daughter of six kids, I didn’t always acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices my parents made for us. As I get older, I have truly come to realize how amazing and hard working they are. They’ve worked tirelessly to support each of us in our own individual endeavors and helped us overcome our struggles and celebrate our wins.