Kate Thoene is the Executive Director of Waste Not, a hunger relief agency that provides prepared food that would otherwise go to waste to those in need in the Metro Phoenix area. Kate has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. In addition to her leadership role at Waste Not, Kate is the Board President of the Social Enterprise Alliance, serves on the Board of Directors of Re:HELP, Association of AZ Nonprofits and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Kate recently accepted an appointment to ASU’s Community Council and in 2012, she was named one of the Phoenix Business Journal's 40 Under 40.
Prior to joining Waste Not, Kate was the Social Enterprise and Employment Director at SARRC where she led a team who operated several social enterprise businesses that generated revenue and provided work experience for adults with Autism. As the Chief Social Enterprise Officer at UMOM, Kate created a social enterprise café and market called Helpings which integrated foodservice and barista training programs with a social impact business for those experiencing homelessness.
Prior to that she was the Director of Community Kitchen Programs at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, where she worked for 10 years. Kate was responsible for sourcing corporate food donations and purchasing and then went on to develop a social enterprise catering business within one of the largest and most successful food bank culinary training programs in the country.
Kate and her husband, Douglas, were recognized as one of AZ’s Finest Couples by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and they live in central Phoenix with their 13-year-old son, Adam, and several rescue animals.