VP, Impact Strategy & Communications
Katrina Thurman is a social impact leader with more than 25 years of experience designing and delivering meaningful human service programs across the United States. In her role at Thrive, Thurman’s responsibilities have included leading education and housing teams dedicated to solving the community’s most pressing issues. Currently, she serves as a thought partner to the CEO, developing and communicating Thrive’s strategy for growing community impact and programs over the next decade. Additionally, Thurman builds messaging for the CEO in the areas of social change, poverty solutions, innovation, sustainability, diversity, and intercultural communications.
Thurman has led highly impactful projects and organizations in small rural communities as well as large urban centers, and is focused on identifying the unique tools and practices that help break the cycle of poverty for everyone. From newborns to teenagers to unsheltered adults to seniors, Thurman’s expertise spans housing and homeless services, education, afterschool programs, workforce development, crisis services, behavioral health care, and more.
Among her many achievements, Thurman was appointed to the Continuum of Care Board, as well as the Workforce Development Board, while residing 11 years in Sonoma County, CA. She also is a graduate of the two-year PropelNext executive development program tailored to support data-driven program design and theory of change development in human service programs.
Thurman earned a master’s degree in Applied Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Community Development from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Intercultural Communications and Russian language from Arizona State University.