Executive Director, High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI)
Guyot Hall, Room 128
Kathy graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1979 with an AB in Economics and earned her Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1983. She is a recipient of the Paul A. Volcker Award for her work in International Economics, including her paper entitled Global Interdependence and the Parameters of Growth – an econometric study of world economies and the price of oil.
Kathy joined Princeton as Associate Director of HMEI in 2006. As Associate Director, Kathy has overall managerial responsibility for HMEI including administration of center research operations, undergraduate/graduate educational programs, outreach, communications and events. Hackett is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision for HMEI. In addition to her role as Associate Director, Kathy presently serves on Princeton’s Sustainability Oversight Committee, as Chair of the Sustainability Working Group Task Forces for Education and Research, is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Internship Program and the Consortium for Civic Engagement.
Prior to joining Princeton, Kathy held management positions in corporate finance, market research, product development and strategic planning for the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. She has served as Trustee for several NGOs including health, recreation and education-centric organizations in the Princeton area community and as a member of a local Foundation Advisory Board. She is active in Princeton University alumni affairs, currently serving as a member of the committee to nominate Alumni Council trustees and the Board of the Auxiliary to McCosh Infirmary.