Putkey is a Peace Studies teacher at the Woolman at Sierra Friends Center, an alternative semester program on peace, justice, and sustainability for high school juniors, seniors, and gap year students. She completed a masters program in Peace Education at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and is working on her masters thesis on grassroots resistance to the Los Alamos National (Nuclear Weapons) Laboratory. She was previously the Youth Coordinator for Think Outside the Bomb in New Mexico. Think Outside the Bomb is a national youth-led nuclear abolition network that has organized several conferences, educating and mobilizing hundreds of young people to actively resist the dangerous and destructive nuclear cycle. She is also a member of the board of directors of Peace Action Education Fund and serves on the executive board as Secretary.