Kat Birkenbeuel - Baumhart Scholar
Kat joined the American Heart Association in 2019 and was initially drawn to the organization because of its bold mission – to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The AHA is committed to focusing on breakthroughs in science and technology, changes in systems and policy, and transforming communities so that the healthy choice is always the easy choice. In her current role, Kat works with companies to engage everyone from the C-Suite to interns in giving back to their communities, while improving their own health and wellbeing. Kat loves strategizing with corporate leaders on their organizations’ commitment to health equity and helping them to activate their commitments in creative and impactful ways. In addition to her work on the Heart Walk campaign, Kat is a peer mentor within the AHA and serves on internal initiatives focused on employee engagement and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Prior to joining the American Heart Association, Kat managed peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A large proponent of internships, she has previously held positions at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in the Communities Program, the Chicago Cubs in the Community Affairs department and the City of Columbia, Missouri’s Office of Parks & Recreation. Outside of work, Kat is very involved in her church community. She serves on the Love Works team, the community outreach arm of Soul City Church, where she leverages her event management and fundraising capabilities to increase capacity for youth and family programming on the west side of Chicago.
Kat attended the University of Missouri and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, as well as a Minor in Leadership and Public Service, a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Multicultural Studies Certificate. She holds a Certificate in Social Responsibility Essentials from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business and was a member of the Baumhart Center’s inaugural Impact Leaders cohort.