Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Date: 4:00pm EST March 2, 2017

Tea & Talk for Majors

Tea & Talk with WC alumni Kate Towson ’09 on her life in advocacy for Political Science and International Studies majors

Kate Towson is the Development Director for Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit in Sacramento that helps homeless women gain the skills–and the confidence–they need to transition back into the workforce. In early 2016, she earned the Social Venture Partners of Sacramento’s ‘Fast Pitch’ Award–competing with ten other nonprofits in a public-speaking competition. And recently, Kate was honored with the Sacramento Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award, which honors individuals under 40 for their outstanding professional achievements and community involvement.

Kate Towson graduated from Washington College in 2009 with a Political Science major. She studied abroad at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where she attended classes and volunteered to help women and children living with HIV and AIDS. In December 2009, Kate became an Americorps VISTA Volunteer, moving across the country to Sacramento, California to work for a nonprofit called Sacramento Steps Forward where she planned two Homeless Connect events (an all-day resource fair for homeless folks), helped coordinate a city-wide count of homeless people, and was honored to start (and raise seed money for) Sacramento’s first nomadic, faith-based winter shelter.