Katherine Pasternak, MBA, MIM
Katherine Pasternak served as Senior Business Manager and Operations Manager for TechnoServe in Ghana West Africa and in the greater African sub-regions. TechnoServe is an international nonprofit organization that applies business solutions to poverty. Katherine managed public/private partnerships, designed and implemented development programs, and ran fundraising, PR and marketing campaigns locally, regionally and globally. Her expertise in economic development programming includes value chain development, entrepreneurship and business development, job creation, market linkages, farmer-based organizations, facilitating access to finance and microfinance programs.
Prior to working for TechnoServe, Katherine lived in Uganda and worked for Remote Transaction Services, Uganda, a USAID/Hewlett Packard funded project to bring remote transaction technology to microfinance institutions and their clients. She has an MBA and a Master’s in International Management jointly from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management, and from the University of Arizona. Her BA is in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.
Before focusing her career on International Development, Katherine led health and wellbeing programs in San Diego, California for the Alliance for African Assistance, a refugee resettlement organization. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, she focused on participatory community development, and public health and sanitation. Katherine also worked in Co-Productions for National Geographic Television and as a Project Leader for youth exchanges with World Horizons International. She has been a ski instructor and participated in several triathlons.
Katherine is currently a full-time mother to her two young sons and daughter in Deerfield Beach, FL, where her husband Jamie Otis is high school principal of North Broward Preparatory School.