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Catherine Rabenstine

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Cat has more than ten years of experience as a nonprofit professional. She is currently the Communications Associate at Kinship Foundation. In this multi-faceted position, she works on marketing and communication strategies, designs the visual aesthetic of Foundation-generated reports, and manages a global community of 228 Kinship Conservation Fellows. Cat developed and launched the first program blog, publishes a quarterly community eNewsletter, edits and updates the website, manages the Chapters and Affinity Groups, and curates the face of Kinship Conservation Fellows through social media feeds. She has designed hard copy collateral and web ads for the Kinship Conservation Fellows recruitment campaign and redesigned the Kinship Foundation Annual Report during her first year. Cat manages complex events, including the month-long conservation leadership training program and the Searle Scholars Program Annual Meeting and Dinner.

This year, she was selected as one of 15 participants in the 2015 YNPN Leadership Institute, a 10-month intensive program with a culminating capstone project that focuses on advancing the capacity of mid-career nonprofit professionals to lead teams, oversee projects, and contribute to overall organizational growth.

Prior to Kinship Foundation, Cat completed her Master's of Science at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in May 2010, concentrating in Interactive Publishing and Business Reporting. As a Bankruptcy Court beat reporter for the Medill News Service, she wrote features, profiles, earnings reports and economic indicator articles all with accompanying multimedia. In her final quarter at Medill, she was chosen to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Medill Innovation Project. Along with a group of peers, Cat re-visioned StreetWise from top to bottom. The group started by re-thinking the organization's mission and vision. They produced a refreshed magazine layout, an interactive website and a social media strategy.

After completing her graduate degree, she took her skills to the West Bank, Palestine where she taught various journalism workshops in Nablus, Bethlehem and Hebron, assisted communities to tell their story digitally and worked with a local non-profit on their social media strategy. Her articles have been published in Medill Reports, the Northwest Indiana Times, Mondoweiss, The Mennonite and various village websites in the Middle East. Cat created Without A Map for stories from the West Bank.

Her interest in working with nonprofits began as an undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago where she was chosen to participate in the Evoke OnCall program, focused on helping students identify the intersection of their skills and passions with the needs of the community around them. After graduating in 2004, Cat moved to Rome, Italy where she coordinated the Study Trips program and Service Learning program at the John Felice Rome Center. She also interned at the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office and McDermott Will & Emery Law Firm.

After Italy, she volunteered in India for a year in Mavelikara, a small town in the southern state of Kerala. Cat taught Spoken English, edited articles for a local educational group, blogged about the experience for her community in the US, and engaged in life with her neighbors (ie: tag with the neighborhood kids).

She returned to Chicago in 2007 and worked at The Cara Program, a workforce development agency until beginning graduate school. At Cara she rewrote the portfolio creation curriculum and expanded and organized a large base of volunteers.

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