Katie VanDusen

Katie VanDusen

Katie is an MBA Candidate at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is originally from Ann Arbor, MI where she attended the University of Michigan, graduating with degrees in Nonprofit Management and Violin Performance.

Katie is passionate about equitable community development and worked for six years for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, where her role included managing arts and culture grantmaking for the foundation, implementing innovative community investment strategies, and helping the foundation understand and evaluate the impact of its investments, among other functions. In 2018, she designed a new neighborhood-based arts and culture grantmaking program that was the first in the foundation's history to explicitly prioritize projects led by individuals from traditionally marginalized groups. Her experiences at the foundation seeded her interest in inclusive and equitable financing for community development and inspired her to pursue an MBA. She is particularly interested in impact investing, entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social mobility, sustainable business development, innovative financing structures for community projects, and workforce development in midwestern cities.

Katie also maintains an active career as a freelance musician, performing throughout the American folk and singer-songwriter circuit, as a studio musician, and as section violinist with the National Arab Orchestra. She lives in Ohio City with her partner Robyn and their greyhound Pico.