Kate is the Center's current Acting Director (formerly Deputy Director), focusing on organizational management; development of data and evaluation systems; process improvement; and new initiatives, grant management, and special projects.
Prior to joining the Swearer Center, Kate was the Executive Director of the Lawrenceville Corporation, a non-profit community development corporation in Pittsburgh, PA. Kate managed staff and volunteers, oversaw the organizational budget and fundraising activities, and collaboratively developed and implemented neighborhood revitalization strategies.
In Pittsburgh, Kate also worked for the Coro Center for Civic Leadership directing the New Generations Program, which supported regional talent attraction and retention efforts with applied and policy-relevant research. As the Program Officer for Research and Policy at the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, a community development intermediary, Kate had primary responsibility for national collaborations and managed the inner-city business development grant portfolio. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 2001, Kate spent four years at the Brookings Institution's Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy as a Senior Research Analyst, and also worked as a policy researcher at the Urban Institute and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Kate graduated from Bard College and then received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in Providence with her husband, Billy and son, Peter.