President and CEO
Kate Schroder joined Interact for Health as its fourth President and CEO in January 2022. In this role, she works with Interact for Health’s staff and board to provide leadership, direction and vision to the organization and to develop strategies to address some of the most pressing health needs in Greater Cincinnati. She oversees a staff of 21 and annual investments of more than $7 million to support the community via grantmaking, community research and evaluation, and education. Working with Interact for Health’s Board, Kate also helps to manage the foundation’s charitable endowment of more than $250 million.
A native of Cincinnati, Kate has experience leading health initiatives locally and internationally. Most recently, she oversaw a regional collaborative effort to increase COVID-19 vaccination throughout 14 counties in Greater Cincinnati and to address disparities in vaccination rates while working at The Health Collaborative. In late 2021, she also oversaw strategic planning duties for The Health Collaborative, engaging its board, regional health leaders and other key stakeholders.
In 2020, Kate was a candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 1st District, running on a platform to expand access to affordable health care and economic mobility. For 12 years before that, she held various leadership roles with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a 1,400-person organization spanning 35 countries. As a Vice President leading child health programs, she helped to reduce drug prices by 40% and increased the number of children receiving correct treatment by 50 million in four focus countries: India, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. She led teams with 75 staff members and budgets of more than $80 million.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Results from her work to reduce childhood mortality and to strengthen health systems in low-resources settings have been published in several academic journals, including the British Medical Journal and The Lancet.
In 2011, Kate was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, an experience that she says helps to fuel her passion for improving health care—knowing firsthand what it feels like when one’s survival is dependent on access to treatment. She remains active in patient advocacy and helping to support research through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Kate and her husband, John Juech, live in Cincinnati with their two children. She is active in community and civic affairs and has served on the Cincinnati Board of Health since 2016. In 2017, Kate was named a WCPO Next Nine honoree, recognizing nine rising stars who are transforming the health care sector.