Katie Reytar is a Senior Research Associate in the Forest Program’s Global Restoration Initiative. Her expertise focuses on GIS spatial analysis, modeling, and data applications to inform environmental policy and management decisions. She has worked at WRI since 2008, and currently leads technical research on forest and landscape restoration monitoring and related data applications. She also contributes to the Center for Equitable Development’s Land and Resource Rights initiative as a GIS specialist. Areas of past project work include Water Quality, Coastal Ecosystems (Reefs at Risk Revisited), and Agricultural Sustainability.

Prior to joining WRI, Katie worked as an environmental engineer for the consulting firm ERG and supported various U.S. government clients, including the Environmental Protection Agency. She also interned at the World Wildlife Fund, performing GIS work for the Conservation Science and Humanitarian Partnerships programs.

Katie has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.