Katherine Blass Asaro

Executive Director


Katherine Asaro is the Executive Director of NC LEAF (the NC Legal Education Assistance Foundation).

Prior to joining NC LEAF, Katherine spent three years as a Senior Staff Attorney and Disaster Legal Services Program Director at the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, a program of the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Equal Access to Justice Commission. Before that, she worked in the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro where she clerked for Chief Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. and Senior Judge N. Carlton Tilley. In addition, Katherine chaired the Middle District’s Unity Enrichment Committee (UEC). Prior to clerking, Katherine spent two years as a Staff Attorney at the North Carolina School Boards Association in Raleigh.

Katherine was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, raised in Bowling Green, Ohio and found North Carolina when she attended Duke University. While at Duke, Katherine earned her teaching certification and a bachelor’s degree in History and watched her beloved Blue Devils win a NCAA Championship her freshman year.

After college, Katherine earned her Master’s in Education at Harvard University. Katherine and her husband then moved to Chapel Hill after grad school and have lived there ever since. The family has expanded to include their children, Jackson & Sawyer, and a beagle named Ruby. When Katherine’s youngest entered Kindergarten, Katherine started her 1L year at the University of North Carolina where she earned her law degree and began her legal career.