Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton, Movement Organizing Director.  Kate is a Wisconsin native who got her start bringing sustainable food equity to her community as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a minor in environmental science. At 24, Kate became the youngest woman ever to serve in elected office in Eau Claire, a record later broken by Kate’s former intern! As an organizer and city council member, Kate has been a leader in the Western Wisconsin region, igniting a local climate movement, fighting for livable wages and affordable housing, and protecting our right to vote. Kate is passionate about training and empowering a future generation of leaders and has supported the effort to bring diversity to our local elected offices, so our leaders look like our community in age, gender, race and sexual orientation. As Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Movement Organizing Director, Kate supports the rural and suburban co-op organizers and directs the Rural Climate Program. Kate owns a home in the Third Ward of Eau Claire where she lives with her partner, their cat, Ada and beagle, Elsie. In her spare time, Kate loves to backpack in the mountains out west, take long bike rides during the summer, do textile arts (especially macrame), and experience Eau Claire’s vibrant live music scene.

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