Kate Thoene

Knowledge Specialist

Knowledge Specialist, Nonprofit Management Institute

Kate Thoene has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector here in The Valley. Over the past 25 years, she has held various leadership roles where her work has increased capacity and community impact for several nonprofit organizations.

Kate is the Chief Strategy Officer at  New Life Center, one of Arizona’s largest domestic violence shelters. Prior to her role at New Life Center, Kate was the Executive Director at Waste Not. She was also the Chief Social Enterprise Officer at UMOM and the Director of Community Kitchen Programs at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, where she worked for ten years.

Kate teaches Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation and New Business Models at ASU’s Nonprofit Management Institute and she serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is Board Secretary for AZ Impact For Good.  

When she is not working, Kate enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, watching her son play high school football, and fostering animals for the Arizona Humane Society.