Maxwell School of Syracuse University
Class of 2014
USAID / OFDA
Kate Simma is an Information Officer with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). She began working with USAID/OFDA in 2014 and has deployed to Guinea, Mali, and Sierra Leone, working on the U.S. Government’s (USG) response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In Washington, D.C., Kate has served on the USG Response Management Team for the Ebola outbreak and the complex emergency in South Sudan.
Kate graduated with a Master of Public Administration, a Master of Arts in International Relations, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Post-Conflict Reconstruction from the Maxwell School. While at Maxwell, Kate interned with the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) and with the Political and Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Prior to graduate school, Kate studied at the University of Richmond and participated in the Bonner Scholars Program, assisting refugees and immigrants in Richmond, working with indigenous women in Guatemala, and creating a micro-enterprise with inner-city women in Paraguay. Upon finishing her undergraduate degree, Kate completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Peru, where she taught at a university, researched transitional justice, and established an empowerment program for adolescent girls.
Kate is from Dallas, Texas. She is fluent in Spanish, has advanced competency in French and Italian, and basic understanding of Mandarin Chinese.