ABOUT KATIE APPOLD
Katie’s professional experience includes over fifteen years of marketing and leadership in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She has earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University and later completed a Master’s of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership. Under Katie’s leadership, nonprofit organizations have developed new programs related to free healthcare, affordable and accessible housing and literacy programs for K-12 students. In her first Executive Director role, Katie increased the annual revenue of the organization she led by 300% and received the top grant prize in the nation for affordable housing through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. As a volunteer, Katie co-chaired the fundraising cabinet for Imagination Station 2.0, an accessible play-space in Grand Haven, MI. The campaign exceeded goal by 30% and recruited over 1,000 volunteers for a “community build” of the play-space which took place over one week in 2018.
Katie was recognized in 2008 as one of the Top Women in Marketing by MiBiz, has been nominated for the Lakeshore Athena award twice, and recognized as one of the Top 20 under 40 for the Tri-Cities in 2015.
Katie serves on the board of Gracious Grounds and the Tri-Cities Family YMCA. She is an active member of the Grand Rapids Young Nonprofit Professionals, the Christian Leadership Alliance, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
KATIE APPOLD, MPA