Experience: 12+ years
Education: B.S. in Business Administration (Finance)
Katia Albanese is a public relations consultant with more than 12 years of experience leading public education and outreach campaigns, as well as policy initiatives, on behalf of the federal government and nonprofit organizations. She has substantial experience in strategic communications, government affairs and project management, as well as subject matter expertise in the issue areas of disability employment, healthcare, veterans affairs, workforce development, transportation and assistive/emerging technologies.
As a program manager for Concepts, Katia is responsible for developing and overseeing project work plans and activities, including quality control and implementation from start to finish. She currently leads the Concepts teams in support of ePolicyworks, the HIV/AIDS Employment Initiative, the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative. Katia also recently completed two Web development projects for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (DOL/ILAB), helping to redesign its website and to create and launch ILAB’s Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor – A Toolkit for Responsible Businesses.
Previously, Katia managed the Accessible Technology in the Workplace project, a federal policy initiative to advance the development and adoption of accessible information and communications technology in workplace settings, as well as America’s Heroes at Work, a DOL public education and anti-stigma campaign with a focus on improving the employment outcomes of returning service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Past responsibilities have also included the management of an outreach campaign about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program and the National Sustainable Design Expo, as well as several projects for the Community Transportation Association of America and editorial projects for the National Center for Healthy Housing.
In addition, Katia led the Concepts team in support of DOL’s Compliance Assistance Initiative and was instrumental in the development and promotion of several compliance tools, including the elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors and the Department’s Employment Law Guide. In recognition of her service, she received Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao’s Compliance Assistance Award of Excellence.
Prior to joining Concepts, Katia was the vice president of marketing and business development for CMSCO Associates, a Washington, D.C., government affairs consulting firm. She also provided consulting services on defense and technology issues to American Defense International, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm.
Katia graduated from American University with a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in finance.
She currently serves as an advisory board member for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans in the Workplace project, as well the Community Blueprint initiative. She is also a fellow for the Veterans’ Coalition Innovation Center.