19-year-old Katie Eder is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Future Coalition, a national network that fosters community and collaboration among youth leaders and youth-led organizations by providing young people with the tools, resources, and support to power their ideas and amplify their impact. Since launching in fall of 2018, Future Coalition has organized young people around climate change, voting, and gun violence prevention. Under Katie’s leadership, the coalition has grown to over 40+ youth-led organizations along with thousands of youth leaders and changemakers across the country. As a major force in the youth climate movement, Future Coalition has been key to the success of two major national campaigns – the March 15 Youth Climate Strike in which over 450 strikes took place across the US, and the June 1st Juliana v. US mobilizations – in which Future Coalition helped to build the public interest in the landmark federal climate case in which 21 young people are suing the U.S. government over climate change.
Katie is also a co-founder of 50 Miles More, an organization working to end gun violence in the United States, and Kids Tales, a nonprofit that empowers kids to find their voice using creative writing. Katie is currently taking two gap years before starting at Stanford University in the fall of 2020. She has been the recipient of the Future of Good Award, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the Diller Tikkun Olam Award, Youth Service America Everyday Young Hero Award, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee Emerging Leader Youth Award.