Kate Rood

Community Engagement Officer – Portland

Before joining Beneficial State Foundation, Kate advised Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs on social innovation events and community programs. Her background is in executive education, designing digital leadership development content and bringing business leaders together for collaboration and community.

Kate received a BA in political science from Smith College, where she immersed herself in a powerful culture of women’s leadership and activism. While completing her MBA at Portland State University, Kate traveled to Cambodia to study social entrepreneurship. She is passionate about LGBTQ issues and the empowerment of women.

A published writer, Kate believes good things happen when we speak, write and bear witness to each other’s stories. She is on the board of directors for Write Around Portland.

Kate is passionate about the positivity, creativity and mindfulness of handwritten mail, and makes and sends cards every week. When she’s not crafting snail mail, she can be found cooking with her husband Keith and cuddling with her two labradoodles.


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