Katherine Lafen

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2015

Katherine is a 2015 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, with a specialization in International Development. She works as a Labor and Human Rights Analyst with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where she conducts due diligence and labor risk assessments for the projects that OPIC supports abroad. During her graduate study at Maryland, Katherine interned with OPIC’s Office of Accountability, as well as the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She also studied in Peru in 2014, learning about environmentally sustainable development and human rights.

Prior to Maryland, Katherine lived spent three years in Paris, France teaching business English language courses to French professionals and working for an international health insurance broker. Katherine completed her Bachelor of Arts at Hamilton College in 2010, where she majored in Russian Studies and Government. While at Hamilton, she became interested in issues concerning refugees and asylum seekers while teaching English and citizenship test preparation to refugees resettled in Utica, NY. She also spent a year at St. Petersburg State University, where she honed her Russian language skills and understanding of current Russian political and social issues.

Katherine is from Silver Spring, Maryland. She is fluent in French and Russian.