Start Center - Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Center

Katie Sullivan

Head of Strategy & Planning, Kaiser Permanente

Katie Sullivan holds an MPA and an MBA, both from the University of Washington. Katie was a START Center Research Assistant from its inception in 2011 until 2013. After finishing her graduate studies, Katie began a career in strategy consulting, helping clients work through complex strategic initiatives from visioning and research, through strategy design, planning, and implementation.

When asked to reflect on her time with the START Center, Katie shared, "I never hesitate to say that START was the highlight of my graduate school experience. As a business student, START took me out of my comfort zone into new topical areas where I was challenged to overlay my understanding of finance, operations, and strategy. Each project was a humbling experience, as I learned from my colleagues and mentors in epidemiology and public health about some of the world’s most complex health challenges and the policies and programs that aim to alleviate them. START was a testing ground for all of us, as we honed tactics in analysis, management, and leadership, and I still refer back to what I learned from my START colleagues."

Katie currently works for Kaiser Permanente as the Head of Strategy & Planning, Communications, Marketing & Community Health.