Mary "Kate" Fisher, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Kate Fisher serves as the agriculture practice lead for CNA's Safety and Security Division. She has15 years of professional experience in agriculture, animal disease response, public health and medical operations and response, economic development, exercises and games, and operations research and analysis. She has facilitated the development and evaluation of dozens of emergency response workshops, exercises, and serious games, and evaluated emergency responses to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the Haiti Earthquake, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and the Navy Yard active shooter incident.

In 2015, Fisher served as the Project Director and Co-Designer for Food Chain Reaction - A Global Food Security Game that brought together senior leaders from more than a dozen nations, multilateral institutions, and the private sector to develop a better understanding of how to address global food system disruptions. Fisher has also supported CNA Military Advisory Board studies.

Prior to joining CNA, Fisher served as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist in Dairy Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as a Research Associate in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's Community Development Department. Fisher holds a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization, a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development, and a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science all from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.