About the Author-
Kate Downing Khaled is on a mission to use her skills in community engagement to shape the future to be more fair and welcoming. In her work, Kate is the owner of an independent consulting firm where she facilitates creative design and equitable strategy processes for her clients. She helps them imagine, deliver and communicate programs and products that work for everyone. In her past work at Charities Review Council, she served the role of Director of Engagement & Programs, where she led the Council’s creative design, business modeling and partnership development efforts – including the development of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assessment Toolkit for nonprofits, philanthropies, coalitions and municipalities. Kate previously contributed to a variety of philanthropic projects in her work with Grassroots Solutions – community problem-solving campaigns like the Minnesota Idea Open and the Connect for Health Challenge. An active and vocal member of the Minnesota Muslim community, Kate lives in Saint Paul with her husband Taqee and their three sons. In her vast spare time between building a business and raising a family, you can find Kate writing creative nonfiction, refinishing mid-century furniture and enjoying Minnesota’s markets, culture and anything outdoors.