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Meet the Women of OPIC: Kate Dunbar

March is National Women's History Month, a time to recognize the contributions that women have made to our nation. Everyday throughout the month of March, we will feature one of OPIC's 126 women employees in our Meet the Women of OPIC series. Learn about our diverse workforce and what inspires them to work for the Agency.


Kate Dunbar

Director, Social Assessment


photo of Kate Dunbar in India sitting with a group of women, Director, Social Assessment, OPIC, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Women of OPIC, public diplomacy, national security, Women's History Month, emerging markets, developing countriesTell us a little about yourself:

Prior to starting with OPIC in 2012, I was a research assistant for the USFS Office of International Programs supporting rapid rural assessments in Zambia and with UGA’s Center for Integrative Conservation Research, completed a Ph.D. in Environmental/Ecological Anthropology at UGA, and worked as a social specialist with Environmental Resources Management.

What do you like best about working at OPIC?

With the broad and varied nature of OPIC’s work I often find myself working in new regions, sectors, and product lines which I find stimulating and challenging. I also enjoy being able to work with different groups of OPIC staffers depending on the mix of projects in the pipeline.

Is there a woman who has inspired you?

Many women have and continue to inspire me in different arenas of my life. The most profound and daily inspirations come from those women who find ways to be happy with where and who they are.

Will you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

I enjoy traipsing around on glaciers. My dissertation research allowed me to visit quite a few while in the Peruvian Andes, and recently I trekked on the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau during a family vacation.



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