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As the Director of Marketing at SDRI, Katie Haq is focused on driving the vision and branding for the organization while staying true to its mission of improving the lives of people impacted by diabetes through research, education, and clinical care.

Katie joined SDRI in 2017 and has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) since 1985. Her passion for working in the diabetes community began at a young age when she became a T1D mentor at City of Hope and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In addition, Katie volunteered for several years at Camp Conrad Chinnock, supporting the medical team.

Katie has significant experience across marketing and website platforms, event management branding, organizational design and innovation, graphic design, and digital and content marketing. Prior to working at SDRI, Katie worked for JDRF and was able to work cultivate strong relationship with the T1D community on the central coast, and established and marketed integral programs to support people living with diabetes.

Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. She lives in the Santa Ynez Valley with her husband and two children.