Kate serves as Healthier Colorado’s Senior Director of Activism. Prior to joining the team in the spring of 2016, Kate built her post-graduate school career by ascending the labor organizing ranks to eventually becoming the Political and Legislative Director of AFT Colorado. There she mobilized the union’s locals and members to engage in the organization’s political program and legislative advocacy efforts. Kate gained extensive experience running field and organizing programs both at AFT and the Colorado AFL-CIO. Kate has utilized her background in grassroots organizing and field to lead Healthier Colorado’s Partnerships in Local Advocacy (PiLA) program. PiLA is Healthier Colorado’s way of supporting, advocating for, and empowering locally generated ideas to improve health. Under Kate’s management, Healthier Colorado has been victorious in 19 of the 20 local ballot measure campaigns we have supported – from protecting the city’s water in Durango to ensuring residents in Park County have primary care and emergency medical services to expanding mental health services in San Miguel County. Kate collaborates with and helps navigate local community advocates through the challenging components of running a successful local ballot measure campaign.
Kate earned her a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois.