Meet the PROMO Staff

Katy Erker-Lynch

Executive Director

Katy Erker-Lynch is a community-focused advocate and relationship builder. She has experience in community organizing, nonprofit management, social impact tech startup, and public-private partnerships. Katy obtained her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School, has a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University, and a BS in Sociology from Santa Clara University.  Like so many young, queer Missourians, Katy left the state at 18 and headed west for school, in search of a vibrant queer community. In El Salvador and Boston, Katy’s work allowed her to accompany trans women, commercial sex workers, and unaccompanied homeless youth and adults. The folks Katy supported taught her about their lived experiences, and together they centered their voices through policy and advocacy actions. Those experiences continue to drive Katy to seek social and racial justice and to interrogate the root causes of inequity, while embracing a strengths-based approach. You can reach Katy at
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Shira Berkowitz

Sr. Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

Shira Berkowitz joined the PROMO team in October 2018. They bring a unique collection of experience working in political advocacy and policy strategy, human-centered design, communication strategy, and the arts to the team. They hold a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University of St. Louis, and is dedicated to building spaces for people to grow as community while addressing civic and social challenges in our built environment. They are a founding board member of MaTovu, a Jewish neighborhood center in the City, serves on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and are a founding member of MARSH – a queer bio-culture laboratory and mutual aid hub. You can reach Shira at
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Tobeya Ibitayo

Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy
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Anne Kraus

Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy
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