Director of Federal Affairs
Prior to joining AFTA, Kate worked 8 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served as Legislative Director to Rep. Steve LaTourette (OH-14), and then as Legislative Director of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, a bipartisan member organization co-chaired by Reps. Mike Kelly (PA-03) and Jim McGovern (MA-02). Through her work, she brought members together to advance key legislation and developed particular expertise in cross-regional coordination, appropriations, and policy communications. Kate also managed the portfolios of five congressional task forces, organizing strategic events to advance priorities, coalesce interests, and educate congressional staff about issues and legislation.
Kate grew up surrounded by the arts, taking ballet, clarinet lessons, pottery instruction, creative writing classes, and roles in school plays. She received her B.A. summa cum laude in Political Science from Kenyon College and her M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.