Kate is the science director at the Science Philanthropy Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to increase private funding for basic scientific research. She joined the Alliance in 2018 as an ocean and climate science fellow. Trained as an oceanographer and earth system scientist, Kate completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and her postdoctoral work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she remains appointed as a guest investigator. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Kate received her B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems at Stanford University. Her research interests focus on studying polar marine ecosystems using field and satellite remote sensing techniques. She has been recognized with a NASA Group Achievement Award, a Scholarly/Academic Achievement Award in Earth System Science from Stanford University, and service medals from the National Science Foundation and the United States Coast Guard.