Katy Souza

Engagement Coordinator

As Engagement Coordinator, Katy supports the Engagement and Impact team with community grant-making and program development, data reporting, and addressing inquiries from the community and nonprofit partners. She lends her tech savvy to advancing organizational efficiency and implementing best practices. Katy is passionate about art and education, and leads the logistical coordination of the Foundation’s Scholarships program as well as the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship program.

Before joining the Foundation in 2019, Katy worked at NASA Ames Research Center as Operations Lead for the Astrobionics Group where she supported some of the world’s leading researchers in science and technology with special events and curriculum development. She also spent time coordinating special events in Los Angeles, and most recently as Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President of Listia, a small tech company in Silicon Valley.

Katy graduated from Humboldt State University with an interdisciplinary B.A in Cultural Studies which examined the role of art in social movements around the world. Her studies led her to participate in the School for International Training’s Art & Social Change program in Zimbabwe in 2000.

She is motivated to support her team in carrying out the Foundation’s goal of and advancing opportunity for all who call Santa Cruz County home.

Katy is a Bay Area native and lives in Seabright with her dog Maddy.

Ask Katy about...

Scholarships and community grant-making. As former Administrative Assistant, she can probably answer just about anything, or at least point you in the right direction.

Meet Other Staff Members


Kevin Heuer

Director of Engagement & Impact

Jenny Kurzweil

Communications Officer