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 on new business pitches and national ad campaigns. Staying hip in counter culture freelancing for Second City, Lights Out Theatre and an array of independent filmmakers.

Over the next 10 years… I honed my craft across branding, video direction, email, social, and web. I spent 5 years in start-up life building the design department from the ground up while establishing the brand identities of a 4 brand house at Nations Photo Lab (Millman Multimedia), and doubling as brand ambassador and founder of blog Pepper Road. Followed by 5 years in DC leading creative strategy in higher EDU. With Strayer University, I produced a ranked national TV commercial “Never Stop Growing”. And when SU merged into SEI; a hub of universities & tech around the globe, I focused on digital/UX for all brands including Sophia, artificial intelligence Irving, and Capella University.

Now in 2021, I joined the amazing minority and woman-owned and operated Outright as Director of Design and UX. Building brands, leading focus groups, crafting analysis reports, and designing for digital brand experiences/events. Think boldly. Helping shape good in climate change, learning programs, energy, and so much more.


“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