Vice President of Marketing
Kate Philips comes to gene with a broad and diverse portfolio of experience in strategic marketing with a highly recognized expertise in crisis communications and public relations. Ms. Philips owns Ten 53 Newton, LLC, a strategic marketing and communications firm, which has served a range of clients from The Philadelphia School District to the statewide Pre-K for PA campaign and Penn Medicine.
Ms. Philips served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for MinSec, a $20M portfolio company of NewSpring Capital and Camden Partner private equity groups, providing Community Transition and Behavioral Health treatment. Previously, she served as Managing Director of the Karma Agency, a Philadelphia based Marketing and Public Relations firm.
Prior to her work in the private sector, Ms. Philips served as Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Press Secretary for nearly six years, before taking a leave of absence to serve as communications director for Pennsylvania Congressman Bob Brady’s campaign for mayor of Philadelphia. Ms. Philips finished her tenure on the Governor’s Executive staff as a Senior Advisor to the Governor overseeing the Southport seaport development project at the Port of Philadelphia, and working to advance the deepening of the Delaware River by successfully helping execute a Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
As Chief Spokesperson for Governor Rendell’s administration, she developed messages for and defended five multi-billion dollar executive budgets. During her tenure, she directed communications for legislative achievements including: the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act of 2004; the $2.8 billion economic stimulus legislation of 2004; Growing Greener II, which established a $625 million fund to protect and preserve the Pennsylvania environment; the first increase in the Pennsylvania minimum wage in more than a decade; and the successful passage and implementation of “Cover all Kids,” which extends healthcare coverage to all Pennsylvania children.
Ms. Philips served as Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s Press Secretary in her bid to become Governor of Maryland. She began her career in her hometown at WICU-TV 12 as a reporter and weather anchor. She spent nearly two years at Cable News 21 where she covered Maryland politics before joining Governor Parris N. Glendening’s staff as Communications Director for Maryland’s Census 2000 Campaign. Ms. Philips earned her Bachelor of Science degree at West Virginia University.