Katie Steen is the Open Education Policy Manager for SPARC. Katie is responsible for advocacy, policy analysis, communications, and community building on SPARC’s Open Education program. She also assists with advocacy efforts on Open Access and Open Data.
Katie started working as an Open advocate during graduate school at the University of Missouri after attending the inaugural OpenCon in 2014. During her time in graduate school she led advocacy efforts on Open Education and Open Access as the Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) and as the Director of National Affairs for the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council. She coordinated and led graduate student advocacy visits to D.C. and grassroots organizing efforts at her own campus to advance Open.
Katie also worked on college affordability and STEM education initiatives in the Missouri General Assembly as the Executive Director of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM). Representing more than 77,000 students across the University of Missouri System, Katie lobbied in the Missouri legislature for four years securing millions in state funds for the UM System and sponsorship for more than 20 pieces of legislation.
After graduating from Mizzou in 2016, Katie moved to Washington, D.C. Prior to joining SPARC, she worked for the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) on college and textbook affordability.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Affairs with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of Missouri.