Mary Kate Costello

Mary Kate Costello


Senior Policy Analyst


  • Global Staff
  • United States Staff


Mary Kate joined The Hunger Project family as a Policy Analyst in August 2014. Previously, she was a Fellow for the Alliance for International Youth Development – in partnership with InterAction – and the Executive Program Director for Youth Futures International (YFI) in Ghana. As Senior Policy Analyst, Mary Kate is responsible for The Hunger Project’s global advocacy, namely multilateral diplomacy with the UN and World Bank and participation in various civil society coalitions. This includes scaling up the Movement for Community-led Development, prioritizing women-centered programming, proving sustainable impact from partnerships with local government, and influencing policy environments that enable youth engagement and integrated development approaches.

Mary Kate is also co-chair of the Alliance to End Hunger’s International Working Group and is co-leading the design and investment strategies for The Hunger Project’s Youth Engagement Strategy.

Mary Kate holds a BA in Political Science and minors in Eastern European Studies and “Faith, Peace and Justice” from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She also studied Third World politics and ethics in government at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is currently a candidate for her Master of Arts in International Relations at the School of International Studies at the American University in Washington, DC.

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