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Kate Simma

Senior Policy Specialist

Kate Simma
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As a senior policy specialist on the US Government Relations team, Kate serves as the principal relationship manager for USAID—WWF’s largest single donor—and actively promotes WWF’s conservation objectives and achievements to external stakeholders and audiences. She analyzes and interprets policy, institutional, and operational changes in USAID and other key government agencies that may influence or affect WWF. She is also responsible for developing and implementing strategic engagement plans for these key agencies and offices. In addition, Kate works on WWF’s advocacy efforts for US Government funding for international conservation and climate change.

Prior to joining WWF, Kate served as a senior information officer for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and deployed to conduct field work on USG Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) and support USAID Missions during humanitarian crises in Ethiopia, Guinea, Jordan, Mali, and Sierra Leone.  She also provided information and policy support to high-priority foreign policy and national security objectives, including crises in East and West Africa, Iraq, South Sudan, and Syria. In addition, Kate served with the US Department of State at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia. She launched her international career by working on gender empowerment projects in Latin America, including completing a Fulbright Scholarship in Peru.

“Our identity as Americans is intertwined with helping the most vulnerable people and ecosystems across the globe thrive—it’s vital to our national security and our prosperity.”

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Senior Policy Specialist


  • MPA, MA in International Relations - Syracuse University, Maxwell School
  • BA – Political Science, University of Richmond

Areas of Expertise

  • Foreign assistance and foreign policy
  • National security
  • Conflict mitigation
  • USAID, US Department of State