Katie Naeve

Director of Impact and Partnerships

I lead Root Capital’s impact program, designing and overseeing the implementation of mixed-method studies to identify Root Capital’s impact on our clients and the impact of our clients on farmer households and communities. I also supervise a global team that implements these studies in Latin America and Africa, and am responsible for communicating the findings of these studies internally and externally. In addition, I work on developing and growing strategic partnerships that present opportunities for us to scale our growth and impact.

Prior to joining Root Capital, I conducted and oversaw evaluations of an array of international development projects around the globe with Harvard’s Center for International Development and Mathematica Policy Research. Before that, I led policy and advocacy and developed partnerships for an agricultural finance and development initiative to build smallholder climate resilience in Senegal and Ethiopia with Oxfam America, and helped launch a social enterprise (Instiglio) based in Colombia that aims to improve public services through innovative results-based financing. I’ve also spent significant time working in Colombia on issues related to children affected by the armed conflict. I consulted for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bogotá and also worked with the Colombian government’s reintegration program for ex-combatants to evaluate the impact of the program on demobilized child soldiers’ social and economic well-being.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my 2-year old son and husband, gardening, biking, volunteering with young social entrepreneurs, and whenever possible helping out on my parent’s small farm in Iowa.