Kate Hanisian

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Kate is a creative strategist, a social justice leader, and a life-long educator. She believes that to design an equitable future, we must prioritize community voice, co-creative processes, and self-work.

Since co-founding Design Impact in 2009, Kate has grown the organization from a small idea to a full-fledged public interest design firm. Her commitment to the common good extends through her work on racial equity and innovative forms of collaborative leadership.

As DI’s executive director, she has spent 11 years working around the country to redesign organizations and social systems from a creative and equitable lens. Her journey has focused on creating and facilitating inclusive processes that spark social change. She is passionate about working across boundaries in honest and imaginative ways.

Kate has provided consultation to leading organizations such as Annie E. Casey Foundation, Center for Creative Leadership, Aspen Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Her work has been featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, and Living Cities. She was recognized as one of Cincinnati’s “Forty Under 40” and one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100 Global Designers.

Before founding DI, Kate obtained her Masters in Education, worked in youth and adult education from multiple roles, and worked internationally and locally on social justice issues.

Creative Outlets: Processing life through music, playing in the woods
Causes: Racial equity, co-creative processes, healthy workplaces

Contact Kate: kate@d-impact.org

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