Katie Loovis is the Vice President of External Affairs for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. In this role, she directs the External Relations Division of the Chamber (government relations, advocacy, public policy, community relations, and external communications) and helps lead the 501c3 nonprofit affiliate, as well.
Most recently, Katie was the director of corporate responsibility for GSK - a global health care company that helps millions of people around the world do more, feel better, and live longer. In this role, Katie was responsible for leading the development and implementation of a comprehensive corporate responsibility engagement strategy in the U.S. Before that, she was the director of U.S. community partnerships and stakeholder engagement. She shaped the strategy for GSK’s philanthropy in the U.S. at the national, state, and local levels. Katie led the investment of nearly $10 million in charitable programming that leverages a collective impact approach to improve health outcomes and build healthier communities.
Prior to GSK, Katie served as chief operating officer for Achieving the Dream - a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive nongovernmental reform network for community college student success. At Achieving the Dream, Katie was responsible for managing day-to-day operations, directing all strategic communications and marketing, helping coordinate long-term planning, and serving as secretary to the Board of Directors.
Previously, Katie worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce heading up business & society relations out of the Business Civic Leadership Center (now Corporate Citizenship Center). Before that, she was director of the Office of External Affairs at the U. S. Department of the Interior, where she advanced the agency’s mission, initiatives, and policies with the private and nonprofit sectors. In that role, she also served as executive director of Take Pride in America®, a national initiative promoting volunteer service on America’s public lands.
Katie served at the White House for five-plus years on President George W. Bush's compassion agenda, first in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and then at USA Freedom Corps – an office established to help Americans answer the President's Call to Service. While at the White House, Katie served as the liaison to national service programs and initiatives; helped shape national policies on disaster response, immigration, financial literacy, and global diplomacy; and authored executive orders and initiatives strengthening and expanding a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility throughout the country and abroad. Additionally, Katie worked at Lipman Hearne, a strategic communications and marketing firm for nonprofits.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Katie is a regular volunteer with the Junior League of Washington and former Team Captain of the Under-19 USA Women’s Lacrosse Team. Katie is committed to health and wellness and is currently earning her Master Gardener certification. In May 2012, she participated as a delegate for the U.S. Department of State-sponsored program to Israel and the West Bank coordinated by the American Council of Young Political Leaders. She serves on the Board of Directors for My Good Deed, the organization that leads 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, and serves on the Advisory Boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center and Prevention Partners. Katie holds an MPA and BA with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she captained the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Team.