Kate Nattrass Atema always knew she wanted to work in animal welfare, but she also had a passion for understanding what motivates people and drives them to action. She started her career as a social science researcher in Berlin, Germany, and went on to study the relationship between animals and people in graduate school.
After publishing a legal review of German constitutional law on animal welfare, Kate was ready to practice what she had learned. She joined IFAW and has been working to improve the lives of humans and animals ever since.
Today, Kate is our Director of Community Engagement. From improving animal welfare in disadvantaged communities to helping communities thrive by protecting and valuing their wildlife, she is leading community-based projects all over the world. She also serves as the Chairperson of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM) and served on the OIE Animal Welfare Advisory group.
Kate has never stopped learning—or helping others to learn. Over the years, she has published articles in a wide range of journals and media outlets on an even wider range of topics, from elephant communication to community wellbeing. She continues to teach and mentor students interested in global animal welfare policy and research.
Chairperson, International Companion Animal Management Coalition United States
Member, Center for Animals and Public Policy Advisory Committee, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine United States
Clinical Instructor, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine United States
Research Assistant, NEADS United States
Research Assistant, Social Science Center of Berlin Germany
Master of Science, Animals and Public Policy Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, United States
Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Government Smith College, United States