Kate LaRocque


With over 30 years of experience in fundraising for journalism, cultural, arts and humanities organizations, Kate has worked most recently with Wisconsin Public Radio where she was Chief Development Officer and Executive Director for the supporting WPRA Board of Directors. In this role she collaborated closely with National Public Radio and other public media stations throughout the country. Kate was also Development Director for American Players Theatre, a classical repertory theater, managing multiple capital and endowment campaigns, and she was the Director of Corporate Underwriting for PBS Wisconsin. 

Currently serving as Development Director at the Pulitzer Center, Kate is committed to helping donors make a lasting impact by aligning their passions and interests with funding opportunities.

Kate's expertise spans major giving, corporate and foundation support, and board relations, as well as program officer roles. She has worked extensively with grantees, providing funding to regional artists, civic and arts organizations through her past work with the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Kate also played a key role in the establishment and management of a national grants program with Best Practices in Journalism, which aimed to ensure editorial integrity in political coverage among broadcasters, and provided funds to commercial and public newsrooms throughout the United States.

In addition to her professional experiences, Kate has a strong commitment to volunteer work. She has volunteered her time and expertise to grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and AmeriCorps, and served on the boards of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Overture Access Fund, the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation, and the ARTREACH Coalition for Accessible Arts for People with Disabilities.

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