Strategy & Operations associate
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Current Location: New York, NY
Education: BA, Princeton University
Katherine Zhao is a graduate of Princeton University. At Princeton, she co-founded a theater company, planned its first season of shows and events, and managed operations of the company in its first season. She led marketing efforts to establish its brand as a theater company focused on representing diverse experiences and worked to establish its presence in the university community. In her current role as Strategy and Operations Associate at Def Method, Katherine is building the Def Method community and presence in the NYC tech scene and working with partners to build strong and sustainable digital products.
When did you know that you wanted to work in tech?
"In college, I took a computer science class and was super excited to learn more about the growing influence of technology on our lives. Then I went to an entrepreneurship conference where I heard about the useful products and services that tech innovators are creating."
When did you know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
"I've always loved starting my own clubs and organizations at school whenever I felt like there was a space in the community that needed to be filled by one. There's something really exciting to me about adding value to different spaces and communities and people. In high school, I co-founded a community service organization focused on improving access to literacy and learning. At Princeton, I did a lot of social entrepreneurship. I worked with the faculty of the Arts Center to design and implement various initiatives and programs to improve accessibility to the arts."