M. Katherine (Kathy) McCaston has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She has over 16 years of experience in anthropology and international development. For 11 years, she worked as Senior Management Advisor for CARE, one of the largest international relief and development organizations working to end global poverty and promote social justice. In 2003, Kathy was asked to lead and manage a major paradigm shift related to CARE's programmatic framework. She led the development of the Unifying Framework for Poverty Eradication & Social Justice, which is a conceptual model that links needs-based (livelihoods, health, education, water, sanitation, etc.) and rights-based programming into a coherent and mutually reinforcing development framework. The framework has become the cornerstone of all CARE programming and the foundation of CARE's approach.
Kathy’s experience spans a range of fields related to anthropology and international development, including political science, women's studies, food and nutritional security, and research methods. She has expertise in sustainable livelihood security, rights-based approaches, municipal & civil society strengthening, maternal & child health, agriculture, and food aid. She has worked in 33 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.