Mackinac Partners

Katherine Johnston

Director, Investigations, Risk and Dispute Advisory Group


Katherine Johnston

Katherine Johnston

Director, Investigations, Risk and Dispute Advisory Group

Katherine is a Director with the Investigations, Risk and Dispute Advisory Group of Mackinac Partners. She has a strong background in open source intelligence (OSINT), investigative research and comprehensive due diligence.

Katherine regularly conducts high-profile and comprehensive due diligence investigations, asset investigations, litigation support, and travel intelligence briefs for clientele in an array of industries and sectors.  Katherine oversees Mackinac Partners’ background investigation screening services and manages both domestic and international executive protection (EP) and surveillance details.  Additionally, she assists on complex fraud investigations, corporate espionage investigations, and security risk assessments.

Katherine has performed detailed investigative data analysis to assist with a critical issue for a high-profile Mackinac Partners client in the hospitality industry, utilizing the e-Discovery software platform Relativity (v 8.2) to analyze key investigative data. Similarly, she has experience with forensic imaging, including the Tableau TD2 Forensic Duplicator—an imaging tool she utilized on a high-profile Mackinac Partners investigation involving a critical cyber security breach.

Prior to joining Mackinac Partners, Katherine accepted a temporary federal appointment with the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) in Arlington, Virginia, where she worked closely with many Special Agents, the Deputy Director, and the Agency Director to develop extensive investigative policies and procedures for the agency. During this time, Katherine earned certifications from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). She also assisted a Special Agent in conducting a threat assessment for President Obama’s 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit.

Prior to her temporary federal appointment, Katherine performed intern work for the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) where she assisted the Director on a project for establishing operational standardization across the Coast Guard’s security and police departments. Katherine also provided investigative support to a local investigations agency based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Katherine received her BA in both Psychology and Business from Kalamazoo College. During her time at Kalamazoo College, Katherine studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, played NCAA Division III women’s basketball, presented her senior thesis at the Economics & Business Department Symposium, and consistently made the Dean’s list for academic excellence.

Katherine maintains the following credentials and memberships:

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Board Member, Michigan Council of Professional Investigators (MCPI)
  • Associate Member, High Technology Crime Investigations Association (HTCIA)
  • Investigator Member, Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
  • Member, Michigan Regional Organized Crime Association (MiROC)
  • Member, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)
  • Member, FBI’s InfraGard
  • Constituent Member, U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
  • Member, OSAC’s Women in Security (WiS) Working Group
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