2022 Tillman Scholar

Katharine Brodie

Coast Guard
Columbia University
Masters of Arts Social-Organizational Psychology

“While my primary duty in the U.S. Coast Guard is to prevent accidents in the maritime industry, I remain dedicated to fostering a safe and respectful working environment for all.”

Hailing from Wyckoff, N.J., Katharine Brodie graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2012, where she earned a B.S. in operations research and computer analysis. In her most recent assignment at Sector Key West, she served as chief of the Investigations Division, where she oversaw investigations of all aspects of causal factors and system failures leading to marine casualties, including injuries, deaths, collisions, groundings and equipment failures.

Earlier in her active-duty career, Kat served as Port State Control Branch chief, where she conducted vessel inspections at Marine Safety Unit Portland. While stationed in Oregon, she also served as chair of her unit’s leadership and diversity council and earned her victim advocate credential from the National Advocate Credentialing Program.

Kat also worked as a marine inspector at the Seventeenth Coast Guard District and Sector Juneau in Southeast Alaska. Her first assignment was onboard the Coast Guard Cutter RELIANCE out of Kittery, Maine, where she was a deck watch officer and boarding officer.

Her prior education includes an M.S. in environmental policy and management from American Military University. Currently, she is pursuing her M.A. in social-organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in association with the U.S. Military Academy’s Eisenhower Leader Development Program. After graduation, she will serve in the role of a company officer at the Coast Guard Academy, where she will strive to make a positive impact for hundreds of cadets and to be an advocate and military leader when conversations involve societal flashpoints such as racial, gender, and LGBTQIA+ inequities.