Daughter of an American diplomat, Kate was raised an “expat,” living most of her youth in France where she was born. Fluent in French, Kate settled on a more “exotic” language in college, where she fell in love with Mandarin and all things Chinese. Beyond her childhood in France, Kate has lived and studied in Australia, Algeria, Ireland, and Taiwan. Kate graduated from Yale with a degree in East Asian Studies and pursued a post-graduate fellowship in Chinese Literature in Taiwan before settling in Washington, D.C. Kate began her career at Academic Travel Abroad, an educational tour company, in 1988 as the China Program Manager. She now has her hand in all aspects of the business, from finance and administration to program design, marketing, and customer service. Kate is a member of the National Tour Association’s Leadership Team and the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Leisure Travel Advisory board. Kate loves to travel to hidden corners of the countries she loves most, like Haute Savoie in alpine France or the Ming villages near Huangshan in China. During down time, Kate loves to cook Thai food, bike, hike, and read good books.