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Kate Becker

Arts & Culture Strategist, King County,
City of Seattle
Seattle, WA, USA
Kate Becker is the first Arts & Culture Strategist for King County, working with Executive Dow Constantine and his team to grow the regional creative economy. Having served as the Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music for five years, Becker has worked directly with the film, music and nightlife industries to equitably amplify opportunity and fortify these important sectors. Becker’s regional approach is informed by her years of work with multiple communities, building and advocating for equitable creative ecosystems.
Prior to joining the City of Seattle Office of Film + Music in 2014, Becker served in leadership roles at Seattle Theatre Group, Art Share LA in Los Angeles, and The New Art Center in Boston, MA. She co-founded legendary Northwest all ages venues The Vera Project and the Old Fire House, talent pipelines for the music industry. Kate has produced more than 1,000 all ages shows, and numerous large-scale events and fundraisers. She also founded the Old Fire House Media Lab, ensuring that emerging filmmakers and musicians have access to a studio. Kate loves start up culture, and founded two businesses, and two nonprofits. Kate was a charter member of the Seattle Music Commission and serves on many nonprofit boards. She holds a BA in Film Production from Hampshire College.