Kate Warren joined Interim in 2001 as Director of Research. To date, she remains the only full-time independent gap year program researcher and accredited gap year counselor in the US. She has engaged in numerous program site visits to learn, first-hand, what Interim students encounter during a gap year. Internationally, Kate has seen outdoor education programs in Ireland, witnessed a range of options in Israel from dance centers to eco-villages, experienced a wildlife conservation program in Canada, and traveled throughout Turkey. In the US, she has visited room-and-board political internships as well as experimental communities focused on alternative methods of urban development. She spent a day as a blacksmith student, and observed students attending a gunsmith course.
Kate's colleagues refer to her as a "super sleuth" in recognition of her steadfast quest to locate new gap year opportunities worldwide; her due diligence on programs is unparalleled. With background training in sociology at the College of New Jersey, she works in tandem with Holly Bull matching students' interests with vetted and appropriate programs as they embark on their journeys of exploration and personal growth.
Complementing her professional life, Kate has held many civic volunteer positions and has a passion for music. She is Chair of the Princeton Affordable Housing Board, former secretary of the Witherspoon Jackson Development Corporation Board of Directors, former Chair of the Housing Authority of the Borough of Princeton Board of Commissioners, a life member of both the NJ State Firemen Ladies Auxiliary and Mercer County Firemen Ladies Auxiliary, and President of her local auxiliary, as well as past Vice President of the County auxiliary. Kate is politically active, having run for public office on several occasions. And, in addition to having been a member of several choral groups, she fulfilled a lifelong ambition to perform at Carnegie Hall as well as play Mother Ginger in "The Nutcracker."