Katie Figueroa-Russell has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation from Cal State Long Beach. As an artist, she values freedom of expression, and hopes to use her time at IHS to promote respectful but challenging discourse between people with opposing viewpoints. Katie previously worked as a Production Assistant for a video game studio in Santa Monica, but decided to chase adventure and true love by moving to D.C. with her fiancé. She is currently an Events Coordinator at the Institute for Humane Studies. When she’s not at work, Katie loves touring the wonderful DC art museums, watching horror movies, sketching, and spending time with her fiancé.