Kate Somers is a Senior Program Officer with the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kate started her career in public health more than 25 years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America. After leaving Paraguay, she earned her Master in Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As part of her MPH program, Kate took on another Peace Corps assignment for the Ministry of Health on the island nation Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. While in Dominica, Kate worked on dengue fever campaigns as well as HIV and AIDS education. After completing her MPH in 1997, Kate joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she was a project officer in the Division of Adolescent and School Health and focused on HIV prevention among youth in high-risk situations. In 2000, Kate worked as a program officer for The California Endowment and soon after earned her law degree while living in San Diego. She returned to her native North Carolina in 2004 and worked as a lawyer for a year before joining an international health organization where she worked in program design and development for five years. Kate has worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2010 and her portfolio includes grants that focus on health policy, measurement, service delivery, adolescent health and gender.