Kate is the Global Manager of Astound US Inc. As an artist herself, she has the eye and experience to develop artists’ portfolios so that they may achieve their career goals. She has launched novice illustrators to become award-winners, collaborating with some of the most prestigious imprints in children’s publishing. Kate has also launched exciting projects such as middle-grade fiction series Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad with National Geographic Kids and introduced illustration opportunities for Disney’s Little Golden Books.
Kate has a BA in communication and media studies from DePauw University, an MFA from the University of Essex, and previous work background in arts education. She believes in the inspirational influence of illustration and the importance of these powerful messages reaching young readers around the world.