Kate Emanuel

Senior Vice President, Nonprofit and Government Relations

Kate has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, with deep experience in strategic planning, legislative and policy analysis, and communications.

As Senior Vice President of Nonprofit and Government Relations for the Ad Council, Kate oversees strategic partnerships with the nonprofit and foundation communities, Congress, Federal Government and the White House. She also vets all public service advertising campaigns for the Ad Council and manages the Advisory Committee on Public Issues, an esteemed group of the nation’s top thought-leaders from the foundation, academic, nonprofit and corporate philanthropy communities.

Before her 9-year stint at the Ad Council, Kate was Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) where she created and coordinated all aspects of the Congress member’s legislative, policy and constituent outreach agenda. During her 6-year tenure on the Hill, she also worked extensively with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the California Democratic Congressional Caucus.

Kate also served as a Vice President at a public interest PR firm, Spitfire Strategies, as well as the Housing Service Coordinator at a non-profit affordable housing developer in California, and a researcher with an environmental non-profit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kate serves on the Board of Martha’s Table, a homeless and education provider for at-risk families in Washington, DC. She’s also a Member of the Selection Committee for the Washington Post’s Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

She earned a joint Masters degree in Public Health and Urban Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Kate and her husband Ken, a photojournalist, live in Washington, D.C. with their rescue dog, Toby.

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