Katie Roper is a GIIP alumni, who has formerly done documentary film directing, political organizing, strategic messaging, and directing grassroots fundraising operations. She graduated from UCSC with honors and a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies. Her expertise lies in grant writing, partnership development, management, film and digital video production, environmental work, and East Africa. During her time as a GIIP Fellow, Katie managed GIIP’s Environmental working group and did two projects in Kenya including web design and campaign film work in partnership with water and agroforestry organizations. Her film “Bamboo: A Poor Man’s Timber No More” was shown at a side-event to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with the UNEP in Nairobi in 2006. After college, she worked in documentary film with Veracity Productions in Los Angeles, using the video skills she developed and taught in GIIP. After working with several other organizations in Ohio, New York, and Philadelphia, Katie is back in Santa Cruz, CA and manages the overall fundraising, partnership development, and staff management of GIIP.