Katie Press joined the NCCD research team in 2016 after completing her master’s degree in social work (MSW) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. While in the MSW program, Katie focused on racial disparities in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems and had various internship experiences with organizations in the community, such as the Red Cross, the Madison YWCA, and Journey Mental Health Center. She also presented a workshop on social work, activism, and ethics at the UW-Madison School of Social Work Symposium on Confronting Racial Injustice.
Katie also holds a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from UW-Madison and a certificate in Arabic language and literature from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. Before beginning her studies in Madison, she served in the Marine Corps as an Arabic linguist and intelligence analyst.