(Erin) Katie Bartels

Program Coordinator, Professional Development Program
bartelse [at] eastwestcenter.org
BA Spanish and Latin American Studies- University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA K-12 Education (TESOL/Linguistics)- Teachers College, Columbia University.
Area of Expertise: 

International education, communications for behavior change, maternal and child health, and health systems strengthening, subaward management

Katie is a Project Coordinator for the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI.  She coordinates the US Department of State-funded Asia Pacific Media and Dialogue Initiative (APDMI), which engages, empowers, and trains young leaders, journalists, and policy influencers to build information networks, reliable sources, and practical strategies for identifying and responding to disinformation; strengthens reporting on environmental issues throughout Southeast Asia; and increases media sustainability for newsrooms in the Pacific Islands.  To pivot in response to COVID-19 with no travel, Ms. Bartels has redesigned the APDMI project to reach and virtually engage journalist and newsroom audiences in the Mekong and Pacific Island regions through formal iNGO and regional partnerships with Internews and Splice.

Prior to joining EWC, Ms. Bartels spent the past 8 years as a project lead for global health and communications for behavior change iNGOs, managing the implementation of large-scale USAID/PEPFAR-funded international education, maternal and child health, and health systems strengthening programs in Mozambique and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) as well as the production of Entertainment-Education TV, radio, social media communication campaigns in Mozambique, Nigeria, Liberia, and Uganda.  With past professional experience as a formal high school teacher for recently arrived immigrant students in the New York City public school system and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, Ms. Bartels brings extensive expertise in curriculum design and strengthening training of trainer capacity building models.  Ms. Bartels has a BA degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in K-12 Education (TESOL/Linguistics) from Teachers College, Columbia University and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.