Managing Consultant
Kate's evaluation practice is characterized by an understanding of internal program operations, the ability to adapt communication style to her audience, and her belief in evaluation as a tool for societal progress. Kate is a strategic thinker skilled in qualitative and quantitative analysis and presenting findings in accessible formats. Program theory, instrument design, and interacting with stakeholders are her favorite parts of evaluation. She has assisted organizations focusing on economic development, homelessness, mental health, training and other capacity building programs, youth development, human rights, health disparities, and strategic planning.

Brings to the Team

  • A passion for engaging with clients and program participants and identifying ways to ensure the evaluation process and findings are useful
  • Strengths systems thinking and finding connections between moving parts
  • Cultural responsiveness in evaluation design, methods and interpretation of findings
  • Fluency in Spanish; application of skills in Spanish to local and international projects
  • Experience working on multi-site, multi-year and international evaluations

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group, Managing Consultant (2017-present)
  • The Improve Group, Senior Research Analyst (2016-2017)
  • The Improve Group, Research Analyst (2013–2016)
  • Sabathani Community Center, Evaluation Consultant (2013)
  • The Improve Group, Graduate Intern (2011–2012)
  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Bilingual Associate Educator (2008–2010)


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Puget Sound
  • Master of Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Brings to the Community

  • Think Small, Board of Directors member

Beyond the Bio

An enthusiast for new ideas and experiences, Kate loves exploring close-to-home wilderness areas and other cultures and countries. She takes advantage of Minneapolis' top-notch biking infrastructure and music scene; and enjoys book club, hot yoga, and long conversations with family and friends.