About Kate

Hello! I’m Kate

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Growing up in the backstages of ballet, I kickstarted my career designing punk posters for underground theatre in Baltimore. I co-started a production company, Painted Stage, with my brother. And got hustlin’ in-house at Towson University’s Design+Pub office. Around this time, Beatnik Baltimore began.

Then I drove west and chased a dream. Earning my stripes at the renowned DDB Chicago agency with new business pitches and national ad campaigns alongside the greats. Staying hip in counter culture freelancing for Second City, Lights Out Theatre and an array of independent filmmakers.

Eager for the “design hungry and DIY” of start-ups, I joined Nations Photo Lab (Millman Multimedia). Building the design department from the ground up of a 4 brand house. Doubling as brand ambassador, designer of weekly sale campaigns, product photographer and founder of blog Pepper Road.

When I found myself in Washington, DC leading creative strategy for the good guys – in-house at Strayer University – I realized a lifelong goal. I produced a national TV commercial with “Never Stop Growing” and I led all creative (while also photographing) the campaign.

In 2019, Strayer + Capella Universities merged into SEI; a hub of universities around the globe and EDU technology. We partner with HBCU’s, causes for social growth, alumni networks, and idea makers. My elite team covers all brands winning pitches, launching/refreshing brand identities and full funnel campaigns, producing film/video shoots, and constantly elevating our own successes with data-driven results.


“Kate’s creativity and uniqueness of thought were a blessing to interact with. Her enthusiasm for design is contagious.”

Laura Hatcher

“Kate has a way of spreading energy and genuine positivity. She encourages challenging learning opportunities to grow and stay inspired.”

Jamie Olson

“Kate always produced top in class results. She is an invaluable asset where ever she goes.”

Clay Skougard


Leading powerhouse design teams / Branding / Storytelling / Strategic design thinking / Theatre & special events / Full funnel creative

Featured in:

Adweek, Vibe.com, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, AgencySpy, BizWomen & more


A little name dropping:

Queen Latifah, Devon Kennard, Tamara Lackey


TV campaign “Never Stop Growing” ranked “Most Inspiring Ad” of Q4 2018 by Ace Metric

Created origin story & branding for the first personality-based AI in EDU

Jack Welch Certificate of Leadership

Data-driven results in managing an elite design team

Critically acclaimed theatre posters

Film reviews of “The Circus Animals” and “November”

12 years in the industry launching products, campaigns & one-of-a-kind creative