Coalition Coordinator, Partnership for Youth
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
Kat Allen is the Coordinator for the Communities That Care Coalition of Franklin County and the North Quabbin, which works to promote the health and well-being of young people in 30 towns in rural Western Massachusetts. Under Kat’s nearly 14 years of leadership, the Communities That Care Coalition has worked successfully with local school districts and community partners to sustainably implement multiple evidence-based prevention programs, and has seen the region’s youth substance use rates cut in half, far exceeding all of the goals the Coalition initially set for itself. The coalition has received state and national awards for their efforts, and has been featured in multiple articles in the seminal series on Collective Impact in Stanford Social Innovation Review. Kat received the Advocate of the Year Award in 2008 from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and has presented about community-based prevention at venues around the country, including at the White House. She received her Bachelors of Science from Cornell University in 1996 and her Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University in 2002.