As Main Street’s digital strategist, Kate Monson is committed to helping Democratic campaigns and organizations of all sizes build an effective presence online.
In addition to advising campaigns and state Democratic party organizations on digital strategy and earned media, Kate also loves to make things. From graphic and web design to photography and video production, she is constantly learning new ways to craft and deliver engaging content that moves people to act. A self-taught designer, she is also passionate about teaching others how to expand their digital skill sets, and she is in the process of creating a set of online training materials for campaign staff and volunteers.
Kate has a decade of experience developing communications strategies for federal and statewide campaigns and nonprofit organizations. In 2012 she served as Communications Director for the Minnesota DFL Party, where she helped to elect Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-8) and win back majorities in both chambers of the Minnesota legislature. Her most memorable moment in politics so far occurred in October, 2008 when her candidate’s opponent, Rep. Michele Bachmann, told Chris Matthews that President Obama had “anti-American views.” Kate worked with journalists from the Today Show to the Coon Rapids Herald to drive the story, and she helped craft an email campaign that raised over $2 million for her candidate, former Minnesota Transportation Commissioner El Tinklenberg, within the week.
Born and raised in South Dakota, Kate graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she studied religion and classics. While staffing campaigns, she earned a master’s degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. In 2009, her thesis on the network news coverage of President Obama’s former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was awarded the Donald R. White Prize for Theological Interpretation of Culture.
Kate now lives in New Orleans, her favorite city in the world. She is involved with the entrepreneurship community and advises small business owners, filmmakers and artists on public relations and digital strategy. When not at her computer, Kate and her partner Nathanael can usually be found at one of many local music festivals or exploring the Gulf Coast with their Nikons.