Katie Bunten-Wamaru joined Imago Dei Fund as a Program Partner in December 2018. She manages due diligence on potential and current grantee partners and explores opportunities for collaboration within the philanthropic community. As an organizational development specialist, Katie has worked with non-profits to align their model, operations, and impact measurement with their ultimate vision for change. She believes strongly in the power of local leadership and strives to be a champion and advocate for grantee partners.
During her tenure at Segal Family Foundation, she led the design and launch of their African Visionary Fellowship program. During the first two years of the Fellowship, she helped leverage over $1,000,000 in outside funding to the Fellows, who saw an average 40% increase to their annual budgets. She also led SFF’s efforts to influence the philanthropic sector through speaking opportunities and funder partnerships, raising awareness about the inequity in funding to local leaders and promoting practical steps for funders to better support diversity, equity, and inclusion in their grantmaking.
Katie has over eight years of experience working in East Africa and 11 years of experience in non-profit management. She completed her BA at Wellesley College in Peace and Justice Studies and was subsequently awarded a Masters in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She sits on the boards of Resonate
, Fundi Bots
, and the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania
. In her free time, she can often be found hiking with her husband and their dogs, Mindy and Rocky, or tearing up dance floors across East Africa.