Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Katy Dix


Katy Dix was born in Guatemala and spent about half her life there, but also has lived in El Salvador, Ghana, Maryland, and France. Maryland is her current home base. She double majored and earned her B.A. from Williams College in Political Science and Environmental Studies in 2018. She is currently working on another interdisciplinary degree from Brandeis – a masters in Sustainable International Development (expected graduation 2021). Katy is broadly interested in the relationships and conditions for equilibrium between plants and people, and has pursued several research projects on sustainable agriculture in Central and South America, chiefly caficulture and silvopastoral management


What drew you to work at TLI?
I read a lot about the TLI’s work during my Environmental Studies courses at Williams College and was always struck by TLI’s perseverance and commitment to finding a solution to an incredibly complex set of problems. I was also drawn to the interdisciplinary collaboration across all the teams at TLI.

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
Scrolling through Facebook trying to find photos for different newsletters.

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
Both my grandparents and my mom were biology professors in Guatemala, so I grew up following my family around on field trips to cloud forests and handling lots of reptiles.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)
Fantasy novels and all things outdoors. Rock climbing, backpacking, and walking with my puppy, Kali.

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