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.
Prior to joining West Wing Writers, Kate was communications director for US Senator Amy Klobuchar, one of the nation’s foremost — and funniest — policymakers. She served as the Senator’s chief speechwriter and strategist. And as an added bonus, she learned how to be Minnesota Nice.
During the 2016 presidential election, Kate wrote speeches for principals and surrogates on the Clinton-Kaine campaign. She was also a member of the 2016 Democratic National Convention speechwriting team, which crafted remarks for more than 100 speakers.
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. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her partner, Ariana, and their son.