Kat Murti is a libertarian, feminist, and activist, working to make the world a better, freer place, one day at a time. A self-described “creature of the internet,” Kat believes in using the power of the social media to spread the ideas of liberty online.
Kat has been passionate about individual liberty since childhood, and has identified as a libertarian since 15. Drawn to activism starting in high school, Kat served as social media coordinator of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML), penned a monthly (usually politically-driven) editorial in the Dallas Morning News’ Richardson Neighbors supplement, helped organize rallies for immigration and environmental reform, criss-crossed the state covering the 2006 Texas gubernatorial election for her high school newspaper (which she edited), and volunteered for the Kinky Friedman for Governor campaign.
In college, Kat was active with Students for Liberty (SFL) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), serving as president of CalSSDP and co-coordinator of the AMPLIFY Project, connecting SSDP activists and touring bands in a shared mission to end the failed War on Drugs. In her work for The Daily Californian, she frequently covered Berkeley’s active culture of political engagement and protests, and was even re-published in Politico. She also covered San Francisco’s Castro and Noe Valley neighborhoods for the Castro Courier, additionally serving as the newspaper’s Calendar Editor.
After college, Kat started working for California’s Proposition 19 campaign to legalize adult recreational cannabis as Bay Area Regional Director, while concurrently earning industry certification from Oaksterdam University.
After the proposition narrowly failed (due in large part to an active campaign against legalization by California’s thriving grey market economy), Kat moved to her family home in India, where she began working as an investigative journalist for The Hindu, one of India’s largest English-language newspapers.
As much as Kat enjoyed her time at The Hindu, she was itching for an opportunity to focus more on individual liberty, so when the opportunity came up, she moved to D.C. for the Koch Summer Fellowship Program (KSFP), working on prisoner advocacy at the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, and helping organize a vigil on the White House lawn marking the 40th anniversary of the War on Drugs. In recognition of her work, she was named a 2011 Generation Liberty Fellow.
After KSFP, Kat interned at Cato, where she helped launch Libertarianism.Org. She then went on to complete the Koch Internship Program and Koch Associate Program in the Mercatus Center at George Mason University’s New Media department, before returning to Cato as Digital Marketing Manager, diligently working to expand Cato’s online sphere of influence.
As Senior Digital Outreach Manager at the Cato Institute, Kat is responsible for Cato’s overarching social media strategy, in addition to editing the Weekly Dispatch, organizing and moderating the #CatoDigital event series, and overseeing special digital outreach projects.
Around the same time, Kat joined SSDP’s Board of Directors as an Appointed Director—a position she still holds—later becoming Secretary, and then Vice Chair, of the Board of Trustees. She has chaired the Diversity Awareness Reflection and Education (SSDP-DARE) committee since 2012, edits the Monthly Mosaic, a monthly newsletter focused on intersectionality and the War on Drugs, and co-chairs the Fundraising Committee. Kat was named an Alumni All Star in December of 2010, a Spotlighted Alum in January of 2012, and, most recently, the 2016 A. Kathryn Parker Outstanding Alumnus in Service to SSDP.
Kat serves on the advisory board of White Coat Waste, a non-profit taxpayer watchdog group bringing libertarians, conservatives, animal rights activists, and taxpayers together to cut the federal government’s wasteful $12 billion annual animal experimentation budget.
She is the co-founder of Feminists for Liberty (FFL), a new organization that promotes gender equality without abandoning classically liberal ideas. FFL is anti-sexism and anti-statism, a new feminist revolution for dissident feminists of all genders, focused on both traditionally “men’s” and “women’s” issues.
Kat serves as co-leader of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Ladies of Liberty Alliance, and greatly enjoys the opportunity to bring together a wide array of liberty-focused professional women. She believes in the importance of nurturing future leaders, and is a mentor through The Fund for American Studies, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and the Charles Koch Institute.
In her free time, Kat enjoys food, fashion, and travel, and plays on the One Hitters (drug policy) softball team and the Invisible Foot (Cato) soccer team.
Kat is an alum of the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s in Political Science.