Kate Graves is a Program Officer in the Conservation Science Program at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where she manages the Conservation Science Network and the Kathryn Fuller Symposium and Seminar Series. Formerly, Kate was the Program Director for Island Press and managed the creation and launch of CAKE from January 2009 through March 2011. From June 2007 to September 2008, Kate served as the Southeast Climate Program Officer at WWF and managed the Allianz Southeast Climate Witness Youth Leadership Program which involved 24 students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina in a vulnerability assessment of the freshwater ecosystems of the southeastern United States. Kate received a B.A. in Anthropology from The University of the South in 2003, and a M.S. in Environmental Policy from Michigan Tech in 2007. Kate lived and trekked in the volcanic regions of Ecuador and Guatemala for her Masters research on risk perception of natural hazards, and spent a year of graduate study researching climate change and the insurance industry in both Europe and North America.


For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.