Biography

Kate Hastings, Th.M., owns Kate Hastings & Associates, a consulting company offering guidance, planning, business development and economic vitality strategies for professional firms, nonprofits, downtowns, and events.

Downtowns:

She has nearly 30 years’ experience in downtown development and marketing, starting as promotion manager for Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri. She was Vice President of Downtown Denver, Colorado, during Denver’s revitalization period; has been Vice President of Downtown Tempe, Arizona; and served as interim director of Downtown Mesa, Arizona with strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, fundraising and events responsibilities. Kate has consulted multiple downtowns throughout Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, and Colorado and served the Colorado Small Business Administration offering marketing workshops in small, rural communities throughout the state.

Festivals & Events:

She has been instrumental in planning, management, marketing, and development services for organizations and programs such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Final 4 Men’s Basketball Championship (Administrative Director), Seattle SEAFAIR (President & CEO), the Vatican’s World Youth Day for Pope John Paul II (Director of Events & Marketing), U.S. Figure Skating Association (Director of Competition & Membership Development), Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (Public Relations Manager & Field Director), along with planning and facilitating for hundreds of community and people-based programs throughout the United States. She provides turn-key direction and production of the award-winning Tempe Festival of the Arts (Managing Director) and Tempe’s Fantasy of Lights Parade and Boat Parade.

Business & Resource Development:

Kate provides business development services for built environment professional firms, including award-winning 42|40 Architecture (formerly Urban Design Group, Inc.) a global architecture firm specializing in high-end hospitality, urban and historic renovation, mixed-use development, single and multi-family residential and personal resort living. She served the original national product roll-out of K.C. Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce (Marketing Manager); and, collaborated in the creation of John Denver’s Windstar Foundation international membership development and implementation. She directed audience development, education programming, and youth education services including creation of the Schooltime Theater professional touring series, Sheffel Theater Clinic (3,000 annual youth participants), Young Artists of the Year Awards program, and the Topeka Jazz Festival All-Star Academy masterclass and residency programs.

Kate has been a university adjunct lecturer on topics of fundraising, communications, and marketing at the Master of Nonprofit Management program at Regis University, the University of Colorado School of Business, and Arizona State University.

Honors:

In addition to winning various national event awards, Kate was nominated and selected as a participant in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C. to be one of two representatives chosen by The Pentagon to represent the State of Washington to join JCOC and become a civilian advocate corps for U.S. military services. She was selected by the Consular Corps of the State of Washington for special recognition for fostering cross cultural learning and participation, and for leading the program that escorted the first U.S. student exchange program into Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War.

Education:

She attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; holds a Cum Laude Associate Arts Degree in Communications from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas; attended the School of Design at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas; and earned a Cum Laude Theology Master’s Degree from Holos University Graduate Seminary, an accredited seminary located in Bolivar, Missouri. She currently is working on her doctorate degree in theology.