BA, English, Wesleyan University
Portico Managing Director
July 2011 – Present
As Portico Managing Director, Kate oversees execution of a strategic vision for Portico that is deeply informed by the role of scholarly publishers and academic libraries and responds to demonstrated preservation needs of the international higher education community. Working with the Portico team, she develops Portico strategy as shifts in scholarly publishing, higher education or other sectors present new needs, opportunities, and challenges for publishers, libraries, college and university.
Kate spent most of her career at Columbia, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of Columbia University Press until 1999, and went on to found and direct EPIC (the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) for the university. EPIC was a pioneering initiative in digital publishing, and a model publishing partnership for libraries, presses, and academic IT departments. Some of the ventures produced by EPIC include CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online), Gutenberg-E (a reinvention of the monograph as an electronic work), and Jazz Studies Online. Kate has written and spoken frequently on the topics of digital scholarly communication and electronic publishing.