Katherine Copeland was born and raised in central Massachusetts and has lived in Boston for the past three years. She recently earned her Bachelor of Arts in Community Development with a concentration in Community Health from UMass Boston. Katherine also studied at the University of Ghana, West Africa and worked at the Beacon House Orphanage. Her first experience with community development was during her senior year of high school where she co-founded a YMCA branch for her school district called the Quabbin Youth Initiative, securing $150,000 over the course of three years in grant funding from the state of Massachusetts.
Katherine's work with MOIA began as an internship in September 2016, and her passion for arts-based community development led her to her current position. After a trip to Philadelphia to study a mural project by her favorite artist Stephen Powers titled "Love Letters to Philadelphia", she was inspired to propose the public art campaign "To Immigrants With Love" during her final months as an intern. She now functions as the Project Manager for the campaign and the office's Immigrant Public Art Coordinator.
Katherine has been working with artists of a variety of disciplines for over five years and more recently began developing her own skill set with spray paint art, photography, and drawing. She plans on continuing her work in community development with an emphasis on the arts.