Katie Bunten-Wamaru
Who We Are

Katie Bunten-Wamaru

Executive Director

Katie is a dynamic strategist with over 12 years of experience in nonprofit management and 8 years working in East Africa. While in East Africa, Katie witnessed first-hand the inequities within the philanthropic sector as well as the need for community-led development to transform local communities. This experience strengthened her resolve to support locally-led solutions, help foundations fund more equitably, and drive more resources to African visionaries to accelerate their impact. Prior to her current role, Katie worked with the Segal Family Foundation as the Director of Strategy, spearheading the African Visionary Fellowship. Within the first two years of the Fellowship, Katie brought in $2.4 million in new funding to Fellows. Across her philanthropic experience, she has managed due diligence on grant portfolios of over $10 million and leveraged $21 million in outside funding to grantee partners through extensive donor engagement. As an independent consultant, Katie is skilled at supporting organizations to align their model, operations, and impact measurement with their ultimate vision for change. Katie has an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a BA in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College.