Kate Hewitt is a public affairs specialist with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Her portfolio includes national security infrastructure, acquisitions, safety, operations, and project management. Prior to joining NNSA, she was a security and strategy Research Assistant and Herbert Scoville Peace Fellow with the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. Kate was a Nuclear Security Innovation Fellow and is the co-founder of a nuclear Highly NRiched, a first-of-its-kind education start-up on nuclear issues. She is an early career board adviser for Girl Security. Kate has published extensively on nuclear weapons topics including: sanctions, Iran, and North Korea; and the importance of breaking barriers for women in STEM and national security. She is the recipient of the Leonard M. Rieser award for her work with Erin Connolly to teach fundamentals of nuclear history and policy in high schools nationally. She previously served as a volunteer in Peace Corps Moldova. Kate holds an M.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Farsi Foreign Language Fellow focused on nuclear weapons proliferation theory, and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Gonzaga University.
What is your area of expertise?
Are you interested in mentoring high school or college students, or both?
High School Students
How did you become interested in this area?
My interest in nuclear weapons stems from growing up in Richland, WA - home of the Hanford Site of the Manhattan Project. My city produced the plutonium for the bomb used on Nagasaki, Japan in WWII. My high school mascot was a mushroom cloud. My town played an integral role in the development of nuclear weapons but its pursuit has also has afforded my community economic, educational and scientific benefits. I understand these weapons are a complex issue that affect citizens around the world everyday in unique ways - I am fascinated by this.
What is a current issue or trend that concerns you?
The inability to have civil discourse about these issues with the public and across party lines.
Would you be willing to speak to a classroom about your work?