Kate Hamel

Kate joined Verdis Group in March 2019. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Truman State University as well as a Master’s in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kate has a passion for the intersection of the economy and the environment. Her Master’s thesis research focused on corporate social responsibility and sustainability in modern capitalism. She also spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer addressing environmental injustice in Portland, OR. There, she became certified as a Master Recycler and helped improve recycling infrastructure and awareness in low-income Latino communities.

Kate has developed a deep understanding of and expertise in community engagement and leads these efforts for many of our clients. She recently led the process of creating a Public Engagement Plan for the City of Salem’s Climate Action Plan. Kate also helps interpret data and communicate insights around waste, water, and energy for a wide range of clients. She has applied her social science background to design and analyze surveys for many of our projects. She helps Verdis implement innovative engagement strategies and uses her design skills to create effective educational materials to coincide with these efforts.

Kate serves as the Treasurer for the Green Omaha Coalition and is also on the board of Friends of Planned Parenthood. Her Gallup Strengths are Individualization, Input, Learner, Restorative and Empathy.

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