Director of Research & Evaluation
A Starkville, MS native, Katie Midgley moved to Memphis in 2008 and joined the Plough Foundation in 2011 as a Program Associate. She was promoted to her current role in 2014. Katie is the Foundation’s lead researcher- From 2011 to 2014, she led an intense data collection and stakeholder convening around the issues of aging, leading to the issuing of the Foundation's first Request For Proposals in our 50 year history. Subsequently, the Foundation awarded an unprecedented series of grants to organizations dedicated to improving the well-being of our senior population. Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie served as Community Outreach and Public Policy Associate for The Urban Child Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children from birth to age three. Katie has a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University’s College of Education and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama’s College of Arts & Sciences. Her master’s thesis, “The Role of Parents’ Incarceration in the Emotional Health and Problem Behaviors of At-risk Adolescents” was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. She is active in numerous local organizations, including The Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County and the Overton Park Conservancy. She is a proud member of the Grantmakers of Aging Board of Directors! Katie has been recognized for her community work by Inside Memphis Business (Power Player, 2018), CityCurrent The Spark Awards (Best Individual: Adult, 2016), Memphis Business Journal (Top Forty Under Forty, 2014) and the Memphis Flyer (Top Twenty Under Thirty, 2013). She is an alumni of the New Memphis Institute Fellows Program, the Southeastern Council Hull Fellows Program and the Leadership Memphis Executive Program. Katie and her husband Tom live in the Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown Memphis with their emphatic Pug, Rosie, and elusive Tuxedo Cat, Piper.