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KATHERINE KATCHER^^Founder & Executive Director of Root & Rebound

Katherine is the Founder and Executive Director of Root & Rebound.  She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Root & Rebound's mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by our criminal justice system through public education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low income communities and communities of color in the United States. 

Katherine founded Root & Rebound in the Bay Area in 2013, which has grown to an organization with three California offices and national programs--with the vision of increasing access to justice and opportunity to people and communities most impacted by mass incarceration, so that the law serves, rather than harms them. 

Katherine has 10+ years of work in the nonprofit sector, with a broad range of roles and experiences, including teaching adult education ESOL and GED classes, advocating for clients fleeing from violence, and working on behalf of prisoners and clients who are incarcerated. In her time at Berkeley Law, Katherine worked at the Texas Defender Service, the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic, the Prison Law Office, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children in San Francisco, and UnCommon Law. Katherine also co-founded the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, a Student-Initiated Legal Services Project, in partnership with Uncommon Law, whereby law students represent life-term prisoners in parole hearings. 

Katherine received her B.A. in 2007 in Anthropology from Columbia College at Columbia University, where she focused her research and studies on asylum communities and had a concentration in English Literation,  Katherine is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California. When not working to further the mission and vision of Root & Rebound, Katherine loves spending time with her husband (also a CC '07 alumnus) and two young children, preferably in the mountains or by the ocean. 

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ALICE BOSLEY^’17 SIPA^Co-Founder & Executive Director of Five One Labs

Five One Labs is a start-up incubator that helps refugees and conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in the Middle East. Launching first in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, we aim to empower individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities.

Five One Labs entrepreneurs are provided with training; mentorship by world class entrepreneurs from the USA and the Middle East; and a community of creative changemakers to share their experiences with.

Our vision is to develop an inclusive network of innovators and entrepreneurs that have the support, skills, and connections to positively change their communities and countries.

Alice is passionate about business approaches to humanitarian challenges. She was an Innovation Specialist with the UN Refugee Agency’s Innovation Unit, using design thinking to solve humanitarian challenges worldwide. She has also worked at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, and consulted with Mercy Corp’s Social Ventures team. For the past two years, she served as the Design Lead at the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio.

Alice has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on humanitarian action, economic development, and entrepreneurship. She obtained her BA in international relations from Stanford University.

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DR. COURTNEY D. COGBURN^^Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and faculty of the Columbia Population Research Center

Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn is an assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and faculty of the Columbia Population Research Center. She employs a transdisciplinary research strategy to improve the characterization and measurement of racism and in examining the role of racism in the production of racial inequities in health. Dr. Cogburn’s work also explores the potential of media and technology in eradicating racism and eliminating racial inequities in health. She is the lead creator of 1000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality experience of racism that premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Dr. Cogburn completed postdoctoral training at Harvard University in the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar Program and at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology, and MSW from the University of Michigan and her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

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JOE HERITAGE^‘17SIPA^Design Lead at Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design

Joseph Heritage ‘17SIPA is the Design Lead at Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design.  He is an agricultural development specialist and human centered designer with over nine years of project design and project management experience. He has worked on agrarian-based social enterprises, agribusiness value-chain development, IDP post-conflict resettlement, entrepreneurship accelerator training, human centered design, sustainable finance, and market access with a regional focus in East Africa and Southeast Asia. He co-founded and managed Freedom Global, a Kenyan social enterprise that employs and educates Internally Displaced Persons working in staple, livestock, and commodity crop value chains, through out-grower schemes with lead firms such as KenChic, providing access to finance through partnerships with Kiva and M-Pesa. He managed a 30-acre farm with over 25+ employees and worked with Amiran, an Israeli ag. tech company to install 10 greenhouses and 5 acres of drip irrigation on his farm. He grew lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pumpkins, peppers, reared pigs and chickens, and sold them to high-value end markets in Nairobi.

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JAMES J. VALENTINI^^Dean of Columbia College

James J. Valentini was appointed Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education in September 2011. Affectionately called “Deantini” by Columbia undergraduates, Dean Valentini has been a member of Columbia’s faculty since 1990 and previously served as chair of the Chemistry Department and director of the Chemistry Department’s Undergraduate Studies Program.

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MARY C. BOYCE^^Dean of Engineering

Mary C. Boyce is Dean of Engineering at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York and also the Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Engineering. Dean Boyce has been widely recognized for her scholarly contributions, including election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.

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