Catherine (“Kate”) Bollinger is the Senior Gender Advisor in USAID’s Asia Bureau. Kate supports integration of gender across USAID’s programming in Asia with a focus on areas including gender-based violence; women’s economic empowerment; and women’s leadership. In her role as Acting Division Chief, she supports USAID in Asia’s strategy and policy development and implementation. Prior to joining USAID, Kate was a Senior Program Officer in The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program, where her work focused on women’s economic empowerment. Kate holds a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Social and Cultural Anthropology; and a BA in astrophysics from Pomona College.