Civic technology, politics and technology, community organizing, civic design, digital principles, cooperative platforms
Kate has spent a decade as an organizer, founder, and public servant building organizations that apply data and technology to critical social impact challenges and ensuring the people doing the work have access to what they need to be successful.
Kate is a Founding Partner at The Movement Cooperative (TMC), which works to ensure that the most advanced data & technology is in the hands of activists in service of political campaigns, civic engagement, and long-term power building. She also serves as the Executive Director of TMC’s affiliated 501(c)(4), The Cooperative Impact Lab, which pilots experimental approaches to power-building and equitable access to technology.
In 2018, Kate was the Chief of Staff for the student-led March for Our Lives, supporting the Student activists from Parkland, Florida, in organizing the mass-mobilization against Gun Violence. She also co-founded Lab 736, which uses design methodologies to identify gaps in how organizers and campaigns use data and technology across the United States.
She spent eight years working in the Obama Administration, with a focus on digital technology, innovation, global development, and the maker movement at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. At USAID, she was one of the founders of the U.S. Global Development Lab, which led the U.S. Government’s work to develop and scale technologies to address global development and humanitarian challenges. She started her political career on the Obama Campaign in Iowa in 2007 on the National Advance Staff.
This information is accurate for the time period that this person is affiliated with the Ash Center.