Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director
Claire Kittle Dixon is the Executive Director of Talent Market.
Claire’s career has focused almost exclusively on talent development. She operated her own headhunting firm in the private sector before realizing she didn’t want to build a life around “making widgets.” Seeking a more meaningful line of work, she took her skills and transitioned into a career in the free-market nonprofit movement.
She joined the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation where she served as the Program Officer for Leadership and Talent Development. While at Koch, Claire managed the hiring process for the Foundation and launched and managed two talent programs – the Koch Associate Program and the Koch Internship Program.
Before launching Talent Market, Claire served as the Vice President and Director of Research of the Buckeye Institute, Ohio’s free-market think tank.
Claire earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University. After spending years in our nation’s capital, Claire decided to stop and smell the roses in Charleston, SC.
Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager
Katy (Ranville) Gambella is Talent Market’s Network Engagement Manager.
Katy began her career at the Institute for Humane Studies and later joined the Cato Institute. Starting at Cato as a Research Assistant, Katy quickly realized her comparative advantage (and preference!) is to work with people and not to do policy research. During her participation in the Koch Associate Program, she moved into her role in Student Programs, where she spent nearly four years recruiting, hiring, and supervising more than 300 interns.
Katy (along with Katelynn and Claire) is a Midwesterner at heart and a very recently adopted Southerner. She was raised in Michigan, where her family still lives, and studied Economics at Hillsdale College. After graduation she spent seven years in Washington, DC. She now lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband. They plan to visit every brewery in the region on a quality control tour.
Katelynn McBride Barbosa, Talent Engagement Manager
Katelynn McBride Barbosa is Talent Market’s Talent Engagement Manager.
Katelynn started her career in the Koch Associate Program and then litigated at the Institute for Justice for three years, where she worked to advance economic liberty and private property rights.
She then joined Notre Dame Law School’s Career Development Office, where she worked for 5 1/2 years. While at Notre Dame, Katelynn worked with law students to help them find their first job out of law school.
Katelynn earned her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School. Katelynn has moved five times without knowing a soul where she was moving but has finally settled in the Chicago area, where she lives with her husband, Vince, her toddler, Stella, and some of the worst property taxes in the nation, which she complains about endlessly.
When not working to find rock stars for the liberty movement, Katelynn is a mediocre powerlifter in the 67.5 kg weight class, watching stand-up comedy, or cheering for the Denver Broncos.