Kate Piotrowski

Senior Community Impact Officer


Kate first joined the Community Impact team in 2018 as an associate. Throughout her time at the Hartford Foundation, she has worked on an array of projects, including the design and launch of the Greater Together Community Funds program, grantmaking for special funds such as the Brainard Fund and field-of-interest funds, and annual summer campership grants. As a senior officer, her grantmaking has focused on postsecondary education planning and persistence and early career exposure as well as civic education, resident engagement, and Get Out the Vote initiatives. Currently, Kate’s grantmaking centers around projects and initiatives which advance racial equity for Greater Hartford under the Foundation’s Higher Opportunity Neighborhoods (HON) and Community Leadership outcome areas, including the Access Grants funding opportunity.

Previously, Kate worked as an operations coordinator at Love146, a nonprofit working to end child trafficking and exploitation domestically and internationally through survivor care and prevention education. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in 2013 and earned her Master of Science in Organizational Psychology at the University of Hartford in 2023.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?
The Greater Hartford region has been home for me all of my life. I’ve been inspired by people here who are deeply invested in their communities and in their neighbors.

I’ve always been able to live within walking distance to a park – it’s been a gift to have someplace beautiful and open to walk my dog, play tennis, or enjoy summer concerts and free outdoor yoga!

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?  “The brain is locked in total darkness, of course, children, says the voice. It floats in a clear liquid inside the skull, never in the light. And yet the world it constructs in the mind is full of light. It brims with color and movement. So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?”― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See​​​​​​​