Kate Smallwood

Senior Manager of Communications

Kate has worked across the nonprofit-philanthropy sector for nearly 15 years in communications, community relations and fund development, but her time in this space began before she could even walk. Growing up in the halls of Planned Parenthood where her mom worked, and hanging out in her dad’s rural public school science classroom, informed her worldview and formulated a guiding ethos that remains today: “We are all in this life together—and we must show up for one another.” Ultimately, Kate chose this field of work because she cares deeply about the health of communities and the role place plays in a person’s ability to live out their full potential.

Originally from Texas, Kate most recently led communications strategy at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Austin. Previously, she served at United Way for Greater Austin, Mission Capital and her alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin. She credits the beginning of her career in regional food banking, at Central Texas Food Bank, with her passion for food security. She said this experience clarified the connection between conditions often out of people’s control—like where a person lives, their skin color or education—and unfair, often lifelong, implications on health and prosperity.  

Kate believes health is a human right, and she says this “lens” fuels and focuses her work at the Foundation. She provides communications consultancy for the following bodies of work at the Foundation: Food Security, Healthy Schools, Children Move More, and Equitable Evaluation. Inspired by Colorado’s rich tapestry of communities, cultures and landscapes, she recognizes the health assets and barriers of each varies widely. Since joining the Foundation in September 2019, Kate enjoys working collaboratively across the organization to craft strategic communications that are responsive to the perspectives and experiences of the people we exist to serve.

A former restorative yoga teacher, at one time Kate carried enough yoga bolsters, blankets, blocks, sandbags and straps for ten people in her car at all times and jokingly referred to herself as the “Restorative Roadshow.” While she values moments of quiet stillness, she says there’s nothing better than a big ol’ belly laugh in the middle of green trees and blue skies with her husband, Zac, and their pup, Izzy.


Bachelor of Arts in American Studies – The University of Texas at Austin

“I believe deeply that health—physical, mental and community—is the basis for a person’s ability to thrive in life. I care deeply about connecting with people through work that addresses issues of inequity and imbalances of privilege.”