Senior Manager, Smithsonian Conservation Commons
Kate Christen, an environmental historian, is Senior Manager at the Smithsonian Conservation Commons. Kate is lead on the Commons’ Sustainable Food Systems Action Area, and collaborates on a host of Smithsonian sustainability activities and initiatives. Among her recent publications is “Optimism to Action: One Smithsonian, the Conservation Commons, and the Earth Optimism Initiative,” a chapter in the 2019 edited volume, Design with Empathy. Kate serves on the core team of the 2020 Summit, and is co-organizer of the upcoming Smithsonian Material Culture Forum on Sustainability, working with colleagues at Smithsonian Facilities, Smithsonian Science Education Center, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Forum’s Steering Committee. The Forum will showcase conceptual and applied sustainability contributions and connections across diverse Smithsonian units and programs. Kate’s MA/PhD in History are from Johns Hopkins, and her AB in History is from Harvard/Radcliffe. A former Fulbright Fellow and American Association of University Women Fellow, Kate also served as a longtime member of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Board of Governors and Executive Committee (2008-2017).