Kathleen (Katie) Parrish is a program associate at GCSE. Previously, she was the communications advisor for GCSE and the administrative coordinator for the Energy Foundation in New Jersey, where she supported a coalition of over 30 environmental, social justice, and business organizations working to address climate change and promote clean energy and transportation in NJ. During her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, Katie led research regarding the impacts of microplastic pollution in the Raritan River, worked with a local nonprofit to promote citizen science, published her work, and presented it internationally. As founder and president of the Rutgers Sustainability Coalition, she brought together nearly 20 student organizations that successfully advocated for a university-wide climate action plan and an office of sustainability. After graduating with her bachelor's degree in 2019, she spent the summer biking from New Jersey to Portland, Oregon for charity.