Our PATH family is growing and we are excited to announce that we have brought on Katie Tell as Chief External Affairs Officer! With 25 years’ experience managing and raising funds for homelessness, healthcare, and international public health programs, Katie joined PATH in 2022 to lead our fundraising, communications, community affairs, and policy work across California.  

Jennifer Hark Dietz, PATH CEO shared, “Homelessness is the issue of our time and PATH has been focused on addressing the issues from all fronts. From public policy, community engagement, internal leadership development programs and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, we are working to address the systemic causes and bring more solutions to the communities we serve. We know Katie’s leadership will support and elevate all of these efforts.”   

Prior joining PATH, Katie led the fundraising and external affairs efforts of organizations that include LA Family Housing and Eisner Health – increasing public support for homeless services, affordable housing development, and healthcare access for all.  

Katie shared, “I have long admired PATH’s work and I am thrilled to have joined such a focused, dedicated, and compassionate statewide team. Leading External Affairs at PATH is really about providing the answer to that question “What can I do?” – engaging all of our friends, neighbors, and community members in PATH’s mission to end homelessness. We can’t do this work alone and we need every Californian to stand with us and advocate for proven effective solutions. There are so many ways to support PATH’s mission—volunteering, donating, and advocating—and I look forward to sharing opportunities for all of our supporters to be part of the solution to our state’s homelessness crisis.”   

Katie spent seven years leading and doubling the institutional fundraising efforts of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and has also served as a Program Officer for Health Access with the California Endowment, leading grant making for Los Angeles programs focused on expanding access to healthcare for underserved communities. She spent the first ten years of her career working for the United Nations and other global nonprofits to improve the lives of women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Katie holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, double majoring in gender studies and French. Her personal and professional background makes her well suited to oversee all the multifaceted and dynamic programs in PATH’s external affairs.