Cat Laine comes to the Council with a varied career that spans multiple countries and disciplines, reflecting her dual interest in the arts and sciences. Before joining the Council, she was a commercial photographer, who created humanistic portraits for such clients as the Nature Conservancy, the Atlantic Re:think, NatGeo.com, TEDxProvidence and RI Monthly. Prior to that, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and the Deputy Director of the international development non-profit, the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group. The latter organization provided funding and technical assistance to small and medium enterprises in Haiti and Guatemala that focused on delivering renewable energy, sanitation and clean water to under-served communities.
Cat holds a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College, was an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford and a PhD Candidate for Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. In her spare time, Cat adores watching films and anime, visiting art museums, learning about new technologies, studying foreign languages and taking lots and lots of pictures. She is from NY and California, but has called Rhode Island home since 2009.