FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to announce that Katarina Spears has joined our staff as Director of Development.  "Kat" will work to build and sustain relationships that advance FIRST Chesapeake's mission and support organizational growth.

Kat has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector in DC, Northern Virginia, and Richmond. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. from American University in Washington, DC. Throughout her career, Kat has worked to advance standards and best practices in the non-profit organizations she has served, specializing in grant-writing, financial management, educational programs, and events.
 
Though she was born and lived abroad for much of her childhood, DC is the closest thing she has to a hometown. Kat is also a critically-acclaimed, award-winning author with three novels published by Macmillan and a fourth title to be released in 2020.
 
We are pleased to have Kat join our staff. It is the experience that individuals like Kat bring to the FIRST Chesapeake family that help us do what we do best - build tomorrow's technology leaders.