Kat unleashes innovation in the Southern California region as the Director of Bixel Exchange’s Startup LAunch Incubator program, a nonprofit Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the second largest Chamber of Commerce in the United States, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. She leads the development and implementation of Bixel Exchange’s core business advisory services, helping empower more than 300 tech startups each year. She formerly launched the Los Angeles campus and led strategic partnership efforts for General Assembly’s Southern California community where she built educational, marketing, and hiring partnerships with startups, venture firms, public sector agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Kat believes in the power of diverse people centered solutions, equity and purpose driven passion. She devoted four years of volunteer service to the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as an entrepreneurship educator where she ran annual national business plan competitions and experienced the force of entrepreneurship across families and ecosystems. She frequently guest teaches at universities and nonprofits on tech, entrepreneurship and social impact. In addition to teaching, she’s had the honor of speaking at Kapor Center, 500 Startups, Quake Capital, CORO, Univision, SBA, United Way and BCG Digital Ventures. Kat was named L.A. Biz 2018 Woman of Influence and a 2019 Techwomen headliner.