Kathleen (Katie) Parrish is the communications advisor at NCSE. During her undergraduate research at Rutgers University, Katie led studies regarding the impacts of microplastic pollution in the Raritan River, worked with a local nonprofit to promote citizen science, published her work, and presented it internationally. As founder and president of the Rutgers Sustainability Coalition, she brought together nearly 20 student organizations that addressed social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Together they designed and advocated for the Rutgers Office of Sustainability, ultimately gaining support from university chancellors to implement the proposal and create a climate action plan. After graduating in 2019, she spent the summer biking from New Jersey to Portland, Oregon, for charity. Katie received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a minor in Spanish from Rutgers University.