With over a decade of experience helping clients articulate their brands, build public trust, raise more money, and win tough campaigns, Kate Monson has become one of the Democratic Party's leading creative strategists. As a designer, producer, communicator, and founding partner at FSSG, Kate is known for her creative insight, her commitment to expanding the map for Democrats, and her passion for working with rural and faith communities.
Prior to co-founding FSSG, Kate built a design studio focused on branding, print, and digital media for state Democratic parties and candidates from the local to the federal level. She led the successful digital effort for Cap the Rate, a faith-focused campaign that ended abusive payday lending practices in South Dakota in 2016. She has consulted with campaigns and nonprofits organizations throughout the country on design strategy, branding, digital organizing, social media, direct mail, and fundraising communications.
Before consulting, Kate served as Communications Director for the Minnesota DFL Party in the 2012 cycle – the Democrats’ most successful election in Minnesota history – in which the party was able to break all-time fundraising records, regain both chambers of the Minnesota legislature, defeat a Tea Party hero to elect Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-08), re-elect Senator Amy Klobuchar, and defeat both an anti-marriage equality amendment and a voter restriction amendment.
Kate grew up on the South Dakota farm where her family has lived for over 125 years. She studied religion and classics at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she co-founded a nonprofit called Ruth's House that has provided over 10,000 nights of shelter for women and children in central Minnesota. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from St. Olaf, Kate earned her M.A. in religion and theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, where her thesis on media representation of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright in the 2008 presidential primary was awarded the Donald R. White Prize for Theological Interpretation of Culture.
Kate was named to the American Association of Political Consultants 40 Under 40 class of 2018. She is a political partner in the Truman National Security Project, where she works with emerging candidates and trains other members in the Candidate Advisory Group. She was a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow and served on the Louisiana chapter leadership team. She also serves on the board of directors of The Juror Project, a New Orleans-based national nonprofit working to increase jury diversity.
Kate spends her time in New Orleans, South Dakota and Washington, D.C. She’s currently developing design trainings for campaign teams and writing a guide that applies foundational design theory to creating better direct mail.