Director, Policy and Advocacy
Expertise: Advocacy, Public Policy
Kate Phillips-Barrasso is the International Rescue Committee’s director of policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C. She helps guide the IRC’s work to draw attention to global humanitarian needs and advocate for policy changes that will assist people affected by war and disaster. She oversees the organization’s relations with Congress, the Executive Branch and other nongovernmental organizations on a number of humanitarian situations and issues, including those in Asia and the Middle East.
Prior to joining the IRC, Ms. Phillips-Barrasso worked for several years as a senior policy advisor with CARE, leading the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts on humanitarian and development issues. She also worked for the United Nations Development Programme’s Millennium Campaign, drawing the attention of policy makers and the public to efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
Ms. Phillips-Barrasso is a Council on Foreign Relations term member and a Truman Security Fellow. She holds a master's degree in international development studies from the George Washington University and a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley in conservation of natural resources in developing countries.