I'm Kate. If you'd like to use pronouns, she/her or they/them are my best reflection.
I'm obsessed with media and the messages that make us who we are. More specifically, my work has focused on what it means to be independent, and how an outlet's financial model finds its way into all other organizational threads. As publisher at Bitch Media, I was challenged daily by one central question: How do we thrive in an environment that caters to corporate media and is constantly evolving through new engagement models and platforms? (If you have thoughts on that, send me an email. No, really.) Now, as a senior strategist at ThinkShout here in Portland, my work stretches that very same challenge across industries. How do critical organizations cut through the noise to transform our world?
A product of Buffalo New York, Burlington Vermont, and about 1,000 feet of snow, I take pride in turning the inclement into opportunity. Before Bitch, I worked as a digital organizer and fundraiser, most recently with Democracy for America as the Deputy Finance Director and with Corporate Accountability International as a special projects grantwriter. If you're curious to know more about my professional experience, you can take a look at my resume. A graduate of the University of Vermont, I also served as team captain for the Women’s Ice Hockey team and scored the first-ever hat trick in the program’s Division I history.
I live in Portland, Oregon and enjoy early morning walks with Mariah, the most lovable pony-sized german shepherd ever to exist. Above all else, I value creativity, accountability, and collaboration.
Recent public work:
2019 Online News Association Women’s Leadership Accelerator: Speaker and Mentor
2019 Washington State University Vancouver, Guest Lecturer (Media & Society)
2018 Oregon Episcopal School, Culture Shock Workshop Leader: Transforming Your Digital Habits
2018 Cohort Member, Online News Associations Women's Leadership Accelerator
Recognized as one of Media Shift's Top 20 Digital Media Innovators of 2017
Facebook Never Friended You: Why Building Relationships Beyond The Newsfeed Matters More Than Ever Before | Magazines Canada, Toronto - April 2018
The Two Things That Netflix and NPR Have That You Don't and How To Get Them: Members & Money | NTEN, New Orleans - April, 2018
MagsWest 2017 Keynote: Facebook Doesn't Care About You Like Your Members Do
Institute for Nonprofit News INNovation Grant: Turning Readers into Funders
Folio Magazine Interview: Marketing Execs Share Their Top Priorities for 2017
New York Times thoughts: Who Will Mourn Teen Vogue?
Now booking for Spring 2019. Get in touch with me here.
One question I have is are pretzels really just about eating mustard?