Katie LaRoque

Senior Manager for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, InterAction

Katie LaRoque has worked in the international development sector for more than ten years, specializing in the field of democracy, governance, and elections. Katie currently serves as InterAction’s Senior Manager for Democracy, Rights, and Governance and leads a coalition of nine leading U.S. democracy assistance organizations – including the NED Core Institutes – on joint advocacy and engagement on Capitol Hill and the Biden Administration. Prior to InterAction, Katie worked for the International Republican Institute (IRI) where she served as the Institute’s Business Development Manager. In her role, she helped secure record USG funding for the organization in FY20. Before her role on business development, Katie managed several multi-million dollar grants in Eurasia for IRI, focused on topics such as anti-corruption, youth civic participation, election integrity, political party strengthening, and monitoring and evaluation. Katie has served as an accredited international election observer a dozen times, observing elections in El Salvador, Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova. She also worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) on its international election observation mission to the United States in November 2020. From 2010-2012, Katie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine, where she taught English to secondary schoolers and developed a deep love of borshch. Katie speaks Spanish and Ukrainian, and she holds an M.A. in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Politics and Spanish from Mount Holyoke College. She is a proud Bostonian and occasionally uses the word “wicked” in professional settings.