Kathryn Gwatkin Goulding, Chairperson

A nonprofit and philanthropic consultant based in Manhattan Beach, California. Kathryn has more than 15 years in the sector, primarily in the fields of community economic development, affordable housing and asset building.

Prior to launching her consulting practice, Kathryn spent six years in the San Francisco office of CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development), a national nonprofit focused on expanding economic opportunity. There she helped to launch and eventually assumed leadership of I’M HOME, a field-building and grant making initiative that used factory-built housing as a tool to promote affordable homeownership and wealth creation. She maintains her connection to that sector through her role as chair of Next Step Network, a social enterprise dedicated to expanding affordable homeownership by transforming the manufactured housing industry. Previously, she worked as a Program Associate at the Ford Foundation and as part of ACCION International’s technical assistance team at BancoSol, a Bolivian microfinance institution.

Kathryn earned a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

“I support Next Step because a safe and affordable home is an essential building block for families striving to attain stability and security. I also support the organization because this work is a true calling for the Next Step team, one they approach with an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit and vision of scale.”