After obtaining a degree in Health Sciences and Public Policy from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland Kate McPherson discovered her passion for disaster work. She comes to Florida after a long history of Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery work in North Carolina. Initially with Public Health Preparedness & Response, the state of North Carolina’s preeminent Public Health Disaster Team, eventually starting her own Preparedness Consultancy. She went on to expanded roles as the Disaster Preparedness and Response Coordinator for NC Division of Mental Health.
She has led the Tampa Bay Area’s Recovery efforts since Hurricane Irma as the Executive Director of the Recover Tampa Bay Initiative. She is also the Co-Chair of the Florida Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster’s (FLVOAD) Long Term Recovery Workgroup.
Kate lives in Tampa, Florida and is currently owned by a Labrador retriever, a yorkie and a three-legged pit mix.