Catherine is a native of Richmond, Virginia, in the USA and holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Art, sustainability, and social justice issues have always been important to her. Following her graduation from the University of Richmond, she worked as a Social Programs Assistant at a budding NGO in Izmir, Turkey. That NGO’s mission was to empower underserved women in the area through textile training courses and allow them to find ethical and environmentally-conscious employment within the textile industry. While in Turkey, Catherine learned more about issues within the fashion industry and how they interact with other global human rights and environmental challenges. An avid thrifter who loves to customize her own clothes, Catherine believes fashion, art, and organizations can inspire great i̇mpact. She is excited to join FTA and continue her journey!