Kate Krontiris is an ethnographer, strategist, and facilitator working to understand and transform civic life. Kate is best known for her applied research on how people use technology for civic purposes. Her seminal work focused on what motivates America’s “Interested Bystanders” to get involved with civic life. The study’s publicly available findings have been applied to product development across various technology companies and shared through targeted briefings to foundations, non-profits, and social enterprises across the civic tech ecosystem. In the past five years, she has served as a consultant to Google, Facebook, the Democracy Fund, the Knight Foundation, and the Omidyar Network, among others. Kate also served as a consulting user researcher for the U.S. Digital Service within the Executive Office of President Barack Obama. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Kate is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, at Harvard University. Kate is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She serves on the board of Democracy Works and is a proud alumna of the AmeriCorps National Service Program.