Katie has committed her career to ensuring members of historically underserved communities are given access to decision making processes within large institutions. Katie began her career as a campaign field organizer with the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party. Her work on the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign led to the opportunity for her to serve in the Office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. In 2014, she was named as Governor Dayton’s director of diversity and inclusion, the first position of its kind in the United States. In this role, Katie developed the enterprise-wide foundational strategy for the State of Minnesota to increase employment, economic development, and civic engagement opportunities within state government for Minnesotans from communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and the disabilities community and to create an organizational environment of equity and inclusivity. Katie Troyer recently founded Claim Our Space, a social justice community engagement and event curation firm. Claim Our Space aims to create dynamic spaces to convene members of historically underrepresented communities and institutions with the intent of upstream relationship building. This is a practice that often does not take place in most institutions’ community engagement strategies, but is critical to building and deepening trust between both parties.
Katie is a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow at the Medtronic Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree from Concordia University- Saint Paul.