Katherine Kouot is a Los Angeles native who is passionate about education and social justice. Kouot attended public school in South Central Los Angeles before going on to study English Literature and French at the University of Southern California. During college, Kouot developed her passion for social justice through her experiences with student activism and mentoring youth in South LA.
In 2011, Kouot led the USC Nisei Diploma Project, a campaign that successfully petitioned USC to award honorary degrees to the Japanese Americans who were interned during WWII. She also played an active leadership role in USC Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment (SCAPE), working to increase consciousness and activism within the Trojan Asian Pacific Islander undergraduate community.
Since college, Kouot has worked in the education nonprofit sector supporting LA youth.
At Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), Kouot worked to implement college access and career development curriculum at high schools in South LA, East LA, and the San Fernando Valley. In 2016, Kouot joined Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) as the College Success Director, where she works to holistically support students on their pathway towards college, career, and life success