Katharine Kendrick

Director of International Affairs @ Airbnb

Katharine is the Director of International Affairs at Airbnb. In this role she advises executive leadership on international political developments, regional tourism development strategies, geopolitical risk mitigation, diplomatic engagement, and humanitarian initiatives.

She previously served at the U.S. Department of State focusing on internet policy. Her work at the State Department included advising on the U.S. government's open internet policies and leading the establishment of the Freedom Online Coalition, a multilateral initiative of over 30 governments coordinating diplomacy on open internet issues. After leaving the State Department she remained involved in internet policy forums and co-founded the Freedom Online Coalition’s multistakeholder advisory network.

Katharine also worked as a senior associate at the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where she led projects focused on the technology sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale and a masters degree in international relations from Georgetown. Katharine is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations.