The Ellie Block and Family Career Services Center at the Friedman School is committed to helping our students and graduates leverage their outstanding experiential education to find impactful and fulfilling careers. Our career coaches leverage their many years of experience, career development training and practice, and industry and employer insights, to assist students and alumni.
The Friedman School pursues cutting-edge research and education from cell to society, including in molecular nutrition, human metabolism, population studies, clinical trials, nutrition interventions and behavior change, communication, food systems and sustainability, global food insecurity, humanitarian crises, and food economics and policy.
Executive Director of the Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute (FNII)
Katie launched her career as the Deputy Director for Economic Development for the city of Springfield, MA, where she successfully designed and implemented the city’s first environmental planning program which became a focus for public health and community nutrition. She was then the Executive Director for the Holyoke Innovation District, leveraging investments for sustained local revitalization, a new culinary school in downtown Holyoke, a community-based entrepreneurship program, and creative and arts entrepreneurship training. She then served in the Baker administration as the Commonwealth’s first “Tech, Innovation and Entrepreneurship” Assistant Secretary, leading competitiveness strategies for Massachusetts on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Economic Development and Chief Economic Development Officer for the University of Massachusetts’ five campuses.