Katrina King is a Bay Area, CA native. She is currently the Regional Coordinator of Umoja Community Education Foundation and has oversight over 12 Bay Area community college campuses and her alma mater CSU East Bay. Katrina firmly believes in the words of Shirley Chisholm, "service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on earth". Out of homage to those shoulders on which she stands, Katrina makes time to mentor youth and to support causes that uplift the spirit and culture of Black people. She began her training in social justice, the arts, and community activism as a teenager through the East Bay Institute for Urban Arts and many faith-based organizations. Katrina left Oakland after high school to attend college at New York University and later studied abroad in Italy. She traveled to other European countries and paid particular attention to the experience of people of the African-Diaspora. Upon her return to the Bay Area, Katrina worked as a program leader for Youth Community Service, Summer of Service to expose marginalized middle school students in the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park area to leadership opportunities and to lead them in community service projects. After completing her undergraduate studies Katrina embarked upon a career in biotechnology and healthcare for over eight years. She continued to be a trailblazer creating opportunities for, training, and advocating for other people of color. Katrina later went on to work in the public sector, while pursuing her graduate degree. At the Alameda County Office of Education, she co-coordinated the first Youth Justice Summit to have critical conversations about the school to prison pipeline. She also spear-headed an internal campaign for employees to give back to court and community students, as well as juveniles in custody. In her work in higher education, Katrina was the former Student Leadership Program Developer at Chabot College where she coordinated and developed BAADL - Black Student Leadership program, R.I.S.E. for formerly incarcerated students, and FRESH, the campus food pantry. Additionally, Katrina championed the expansion of Umoja Community, co-authored their first Black Student Leadership course and led several equity-related initiatives on campus. Katrina is known throughout several industries for being a change agent, innovating and leading people and organizations through transition. She continues to seek knowledge and opportunities to better her community.
Katrina holds her A.A. in General Studies from New York University, B.A. in Psychology and her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Management and Policy Analysis from CSU East Bay. She also has had professional certification in Employee Relations and Grants Administration.