Katherine Jollon '93 Returns to Campus
Katherine Jollon '93 returned to campus on a cold and rainy January morning. As our second alumni speaker this year she “wowed” students and faculty alike with her personal and professional highlights since graduating from Green Vale, but it was her simple statement that "it all started at Green Vale,” which warmed all of our hearts.
With Andover and the University of Richmond behind her, Katherine started on a career which focused on giving back. She credits her science teacher, Peter Zaloom, with bringing a speaker to campus during her ninth grade year, a woman with AIDS whose message and situation resonated with Katherine and influenced virtually all of her future choices. From intense community service in high school to serving as Director of Organizational Development & Effectiveness at ONE (the grassroots advocacy organization founded by Bono of U2), Katherine selected opportunities where she could make a difference.
After three years in Washington focused on ONE’s commitment to international relief (steering the eight wealthiest countries in the world to allocate 1% of their budgets to prevent extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly AIDS in Africa), Katherine returned to New York where she is spending money, not raising it. As the Vice President of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs, Katherine oversees the 10,000 Small Business Project. After her years with a non-profit whose primary focus was outside of the United States, she now enjoys disbursing Goldman Sachs’ corporate philanthropy budget within the U.S. Her job is to help America’s small business owners, and she loves meeting with the men and women who receive the business training, loans and grants. Once again, Katherine is making a difference!
Katherine with seventh grade students.
Katherine and Alexis in front of Gold Team Captains' Plaque.