TheBridge profile: Kate Black
Name: Kate Black
Current city: Washington
Current job: Policy Advisor for FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Past job: Chief of Staff, EMILY's List
Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting: Teaism on Pennsylvania Ave NW
Q. Describe one way how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your new job. Working with campaigns taught me valuable lessons in the power of stories. Telling stories is how we connect with people and meet them where they are. Once we tell a story, others can see themselves reflected in that narrative. No matter if its writing policy positions and op-eds, to giving speeches and drafting Tweets, don't be afraid to get personal and share a story.
Q. Job advice in three words? Try Something New
Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech? I worked in campaigns and politics for over 10 years. I've worked to elect candidates to offices from the very local to the very top of the ticket. Now, working at the FCC, I'm bringing some of the lessons I've learned from politics—from building coalitions to communicating effectively--to the big policy issues that impact families.
Q: Favorite Quote? Find out who you are and do it on purpose.--Dolly Parton
Q: Favorite New App? My sister-in-law got me hooked on Marco Polo.
Q: Morning Routine? Three days a week I go to spin class at Biker Barre on the Hill. Then it's a quick shower, reading the news, and into work. The other mornings I wake up early and work on my book (co-written with actress and writer June Diane Raphael, titled “Represent: The Badass Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World” coming to you in spring 2019!) to get some writing time in before the day starts.