By Kira Jones, Communications Manager
We’re very happy to introduce you to Katrina Semich, who joined Breast Cancer Action’s staff as our Development Associate in May.
Katrina has spent the past eight years working at local, national, and international nonprofit organizations to support their development and fundraising. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from American University, a dual Bachelor’s in English and Women’s Studies and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Sustainable Development from the University of Massachusetts.
Tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to Breast Cancer Action?
Most recently, I consulted for nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, the Yerba Buena Alliance, the How Weird Street Faire, Genesys Works – Bay Area, and a local high school. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, I worked in international reproductive health fundraising and advocacy against sexual violence in Washington, D.C. I also worked at the NIH on medical research funding while I pursued my Master’s in Public Administration.
At the NIH, I helped to expand the recruitment of unbiased and diverse scientific reviewers and increased training funds for secondary education for employees. There, I worked directly on the Conflict of Interest policy and have an understanding of the corporate interests that influence governmental funding decisions as a result. I have been committed to advancing social justice and women’s health since the beginning of my career, and I incorporate these convictions into my daily life.
I’m originally from Massachusetts, where I started a community permaculture garden and worked in environmental sustainability. I still do sustainable agriculture in the Bay Area in my spare time and look forward to incorporating my interests in environmental protection, nonprofit development, and women’s health in my work at Breast Cancer Action. Joining Breast Cancer Action appealed to me because of my passion for women’s health and because the organization tells the truth about health while working to empower women to take charge of their own bodies and well-being.
What most inspires/excites you about Breast Cancer Action’s work?
I am most excited about supporting the mission of the organization and working to help amplify the voices and interests of our membership, as well as working to increase the administrative infrastructure and capacity of the organization.
What are you looking forward to working on/what do you think are the most pressing things in breast cancer?
Environmental and corporate causes of breast cancer and the prevalence rates of the disease do not gain enough attention in the public sphere. I’m excited to work to combat pharmaceutical and corporate interests that harm public health, the environment, and individuals through my work at Breast Cancer Action.