Cat Laine comes to the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities with a varied career that spans multiple countries and disciplines, reflecting her dual interest in the arts and sciences. In addition to her work at the Council, she is a visual artist and commercial photographer, who has created dynamic images for such clients as the Nature Conservancy, the Atlantic Re:think, NatGeo.com, the City of Providence, and the Gamm Theatre. Before 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 Ph.D. 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.