Social Impact Strategist, Nonprofits Failing Forward
Kate Robinson, MFA, facilitates retreats for nonprofit boards committed to achieving social impact. She is a seasoned social impact strategist, evaluation planning specialist, and filmmaker. She is the executive producer of two documentaries about nonprofit effectiveness, Saving Philanthropy (PBS, 2011) and the recently released Failing Forward on the Road to Social Impact.
Kate is the former Director of Strategic Initiatives for Social Solutions Global, Inc. where she led a national advisory board of high-performing nonprofit organizations and conducted extensive research on effective performance measurement and process evaluation. Kate is also the former Executive Director of
Consumer Health Coalition (CHC) where she helped coordinate a campaign to increase the accessibility and effectiveness of Medicaid waiver programs.
Kate began her career in the nonprofit sector in the late ’90s working with a family violence program and, later, conducting policy research on the implementation of welfare reform (Ticket to Work) programs.
She has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cultural Studies from the Johnston College at the University of Redlands and an M.F.A. from Towson University. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two young children, one of whom is medically fragile. She is an advocate in the pediatric healthcare system and an advocate for the (state and federal) rights of women and families of children with disabilities.