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 ability to translate verbal messaging into visual strategy, and her commitment to expanding the map for Democrats by working with rural and faith communities.
Prior to co-founding FSSG with Isaac Wright, Kate’s studio focused on branding, print, and digital media for state Democratic parties and candidates from the local to the federal level. In 2016, she led digital strategy for Cap the Rate, the campaign for the ballot effort that ended abusive payday lending practices in South Dakota by capping interest rates. She has consulted with campaigns and nonprofits organizations throughout the country on design strategy, branding, digital organizing, social media, direct mail, and fundraising communications.
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 housing and support for hundreds of homeless 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 was also honored as a “2018 Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine. She is a political partner in the Truman National Security Project, which recently honored her and Isaac with the 2018 Harry S. Truman Award for Political Leadership. Kate currently serves on Truman’s inaugural Member Advisory Board. Kate was a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow and served on the Louisiana chapter leadership team. She also serves on the founding board of directors of The Juror Project, a New Orleans-based nonprofit working to increase jury diversity. She spends most of her time in New Orleans and South Dakota.