Catherine Gao

Account Executive

With a journalistic background and natural interest in several sectors of the impact space, Catherine’s nose for social innovation led her to Yulu. But Cat’s track record for seeking opportunities that feed her passion for making a positive difference in society, began long before she migrated to Vancouver to join the Yulu tribe.

A Toronto transplant, Catherine’s experience in the impact space began with research she conducted for think tanks and non-profit development agencies. Passionate about women’s issues and gender equality around the world, she participated twice in the United Nations’ annual Commission on the Status of Women as a delegate representing a federally incorporated, not-for-profit student organization. A champion for free and transparent media, Catherine worked in the communications department for the non-profit Journalist for Human Rights, a media development agency that seeks to empower journalists to cover human rights stories clearly and effectively.

Prior to joining the change makers at Yulu, Cat worked with the Canada West Foundation for the Natural Resources Policy Centre where she conducted research on the country’s energy issues, such as community engagement with decisions on energy projects.

In her free time, Catherine enjoys exploring the outdoors, rock-climbing, hiking, reading books, and watching late night talk shows. She also spends her free time writing freelance articles for the Nato Association of Canada on international relations topics such as climate change policy, security, and the nation’s relationship with its allies. Yes, you heard correctly, that’s a hobby of hers.

Catherine graduated from McGill University with a focus on Political Science and History.