Kate Nielson

Director of Public Policy & Legal Advocacy

Kate Nielson

As AAUW’s top policy advisor and counsel, Kate drives the organization’s advocacy and legal work. She leads AAUW’s policy and government relations work at the federal, state and local levels, devises AAUW’s grassroots field strategy, oversees the organization’s national voter education and Get Out the Vote campaigns, and manages the AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund. Kate has appeared in the Washington Post, BBC, Miami Herald, WGN and other outlets talking about issues impacting women and girls in education and the workplace.

Before joining AAUW, Kate worked on education policy with the National Governors Association, as a legal fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, and as an organizer at the Feminist Majority Foundation. Kate holds a law degree and a master’s of public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar.