Kate Childs Graham
The strangest place Kate Childs Graham ever wrote a speech was in a supply closet, in the Senators’ holding room, during a confirmation hearing, for a Supreme Court Justice.
Today, Kate works from her office in Washington, DC, helping leaders in politics, the progressive movement, business, and entertainment craft messages and tell stories that will move people to action.
Kate has played an integral role in the past two Democratic National Conventions. In 2020, she directed speechwriting and messaging operations for the groundbreaking virtual convention, which was heralded by the Washington Post as “award-worthy television.”
A campaign and Capitol Hill veteran, Kate served as communications director for US Senator Amy Klobuchar and as a senior advisor on the Senator’s presidential campaign, helping lead debate preparation and crafting speeches for the trail. During the 2016 presidential election, Kate also wrote speeches for principals and surrogates on the Clinton-Kaine campaign.
Her book, Why I Run: 35 Progressive Candidates Who Are Changing Politics, was released by ABRAMS in March 2019. Kate worked with candidates including Tammy Duckworth, Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, and Pramila Jayapal to shape moving, heartfelt essays about why each ran for office. Hillary Clinton called the book “exactly the kind of inspiration we need.”
Previously, Kate served as director of communications and media affairs at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), where she led a team of speechwriters and media affairs professionals for one of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions, and as senior speechwriter at the American Federation of State, Municipal, and County Employees (AFSCME).
Kate began her career writing and working in the progressive faith and reproductive health movements. For many years, she wrote a regular column for the National Catholic Reporter, and she has appeared on MSNBC and CNN.
Kate is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the United Nations-mandated University for Peace. When she is not writing speeches, Kate can be found writing plays. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her partner, Ariana, and their son.