Kate Schweigart

Senior Director, Innovative Finance
, Rare
Profile / Bio: 

As Senior Director of Innovative Finance within Rare’s coastal fisheries program, Fish Forever, Kate leads the Innovative Finance initiatives. In this role, Kate is developing pathways to finance community-led conservation at scale by blending philanthropy, public funding, bilateral/multilateral finance, and private capital. In conjunction with Rare’s country teams, Kate works to prioritize Sustainable Development Goal 14 investments, at the subnational level, to demonstrate that investments in small-scale fisheries will generate a positive return for coastal communities. Prior to joining Rare, Kate was the Director of Political and Sovereign Risk at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where she focused on both traditional political risk insurance and OPIC’s specialty coverages that are available to U.S. capital market investors, U.S. commercial banks, and financial institutions. Kate concentrated most of her efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe.