Katherine Pantangco
Recruitment and Selections Co-Chair, NLC San Francisco

Katherine Pantangco, NLC SF 2019 Fellow and current board member, is the Deputy Director for Immigration Services for U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris. In this capacity, she handles immigrant affairs, maintains relationships with deportation defense and rapid response networks, monitors immigration detention conditions, and assists Californians having issues with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and Department of Justice. Previously, Katherine served as a Constituent Services Representative for Sen. Harris. Prior to joining the U.S. Senate, Katherine worked at the ACLU of Northern California in various capacities working on criminal justice, volunteer coordination, and immigration issues. Her proudest role was Program Coordinator, where she built and oversaw the organizing department’s immigrant rights field fellowship program.

As a college senior, Katherine launched her career in public service interning at the White House supporting President Obama’s engagement with Latinx and immigrant constituencies. While an undergraduate, she participated in the University of San Francisco’s Casa Bayanihan service learning program in the Philippines, a semester focused on community, accompaniment, and social justice. Katherine graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Sociology and double minored in Philippine and Legal Studies.

Katherine volunteers and teaches with the American Center for Philippine Arts based in Oakland, CA. She dances and performs with Kularts, a Filipino tribal and contemporary arts company, based in the SoMa's Filipino Cultural Heritage District. She has a background in classical ballet and regularly practices ballet, contemporary, and modern dance.