Kate Litle

Deputy Director



  • Citizen science
  • Program planning
  • Reporting and evaluation

Kate joined Washington Sea Grant in 2009 as the citizen science specialist.  After developing recommendations for the Puget Sound Partnership on citizen science, Kate has continued to work on connecting citizen science efforts with research, monitoring and management needs in the region. She has provided project assistance, convened workshops, and is developing a clearinghouse of program information and small grants program. Kate currently serves as the citizen science representative and vice-chair of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program steering committee. In 2014, she became Washington Sea Grant’s Assistant Director for Programs, where she is responsible for program planning and reporting; oversees WSG competitive processes, including research and program development grants; and coordinates integration of WSG program components.

Previously, Kate served as Program Coordinator for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a citizen science program based in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. Kate received bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Environmental Policy from Colby College and a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington.