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Caty Borum Chattoo

Executive in Residence, Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University


Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive in Residence and Co-Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University in Washington, D.C., and she is senior strategy advisor to the Social Action division of Participant Media. Working at the intersection of social-change communication strategy, entertainment/documentary storytelling and impact research, Caty's work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Business Week, Huffington Post and PBS Media Shift, and her documentaries have aired in the U.S. and India. Previously, she was a senior vice president in behavior-change communication at FleishmanHillard Communications, and she was a longtime collaborator with TV producer Norman Lear. She was formerly a program officer at the Kaiser Family Foundation's Entertainment Media program and a media fellow in civic journalism at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Caty was a juror for the 2014 BRITDOC Impact Awards and is an advisor to international gender-equality campaign Girl Rising. She holds a master's degree in communication from the University of Pennsylvania.