Katie Mendez

External Relations Manager

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Katie joined Next Street in January 2014. As the External Relations Manager, she focuses on business development efforts for the New York and Chicago markets, as well as leading recruiting, hiring, and communications efforts across the firm. 

Katie developed her passion for small business while working for the Center for Women and Enterprise, a women’s business center in Boston, where she helped female entrepreneurs launch their businesses and obtain Women’s Business Enterprise National Council certification. Prior to joining Next Street, she provided administrative and program support for the New York City office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Originally from Milwaukee, Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish, and a minor in European Studies.