Kate is senior vice president of state programs and advocacy at Regional Plan Association and serves on the organization’s leadership team. She oversees RPA’s programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and builds support among a wide variety of stakeholders for the organization’s mission to expand economic opportunity, improve infrastructure and strengthen environmental resiliency. Kate joined RPA in 2016 from the urban planning-focused Municipal Art Society, where she was vice president of planning and policy. She previously served as assistant commissioner for government and community affairs at the New York City Department of Transportation where she managed the legislative program for former Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Previously, she spent a decade at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign advocating for sustainable transportation and land use policies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She served as executive director of the organization from 2007-2012. During her tenure, Kate successfully fought against cuts to transit, helped to secure millions of dollars in new funding for cycling, walking, and smart growth projects, and received the EPA’s Environmental Quality Award in 2011. Kate started her career at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as an urban park ranger in Brooklyn and remains passionate about outdoor childhood education. She has a master’s in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s in earth and environmental sciences from Wesleyan University and is an alumna of the International Honors Program.