Katie Gottschalk, J.D., LL.M., is the Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Katie’s work focuses on the intersection of health and regulatory frameworks; from regulating emerging technologies to global frameworks for surrogacy and comparative analysis of vaccine legislation and regulation, Katie’s work investigates how to create enabling environments for improving health across populations.
Focusing on using law as a tool to empower evidence based public health practices, Katie also works on the O’Neill Institute’s follow-up project to the Lancet-O’Neill Commission on Global Health and the Law: The Legal Solutions Network (LSN) for Universal Health Coverage. In collaboration with global partners, the LSN seeks to provide legal technical assistance and customizable technical advice to national leaders seeking to develop effective laws, regulations, and policies for realizing the promise and power of UHC.
Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Katie was the Executive Director of the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy. In this position, Katie served as the Editor of the Global Health and Diplomacy Journal, Director of the Center’s Global Health Fellows Program, and convened global experts and world leaders at events alongside the World Health Assembly, the United Nations General Assembly and the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. Katie has also served as the Acting Director at the Dianne Abbey Law Center for Children and Families in New York, working with a diverse set of stakeholders to raise the profile of discreet issues of family law, including juvenile justice, the disproportionate representation of minorities in the welfare system, and end of life rights. Since obtaining her J.D., Katie has managed health and policy programs for multiple organizations including MergerWatch, Physicians for Reproductive Choice & Health, and New York Law School.
Katie holds a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University, a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Colorado.