Environmental health scientist
- MSPH, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- BS, Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Katherine Woodward is an expert on global health with a focus on water quality, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as food safety and food security. With experience in microbiology, global health, environmental science and emerging technologies, she designs and implements research studies, conducts stakeholder and expert interviews, develops decision-support tools, and performs policy, programmatic, and organizational gap analysis.
Currently, Ms. Woodward is leading Sector Readiness and Communications for the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. STeP helps transformative technologies reach the 4.5 billion people worldwide without access to safely managed sanitation, by providing a full range of services including field testing, user insights, and market intelligence. She also supports the RTI Grand Challenge initiative to Enhance Food Security and Build Agricultural Resilience in Rwanda.
Ms. Woodward joined RTI in 2010. She has work-related and volunteer-related experience on global health and environmental projects in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining RTI, she helped to develop a low-cost, portable test for the microbial quality of drinking water.