About Kate Burke
Kate Burke is proud to call herself a Spokanite. Whether she is working in Olympia from the office of Senator Andy Billig, or volunteering with nonprofits across the state, Kate works for Spokane and is eager to return to local leadership. Her longstanding history with the City of Spokane, established career as a leader and public servant to Washington State, and personal devotion to fostering community relationships makes her an ally to the people of Spokane. Kate Burke is the ally our community needs on the Spokane City Council.
Kate’s first foray into community service and leadership was through volunteerism with AmeriCorps VISTA. Kate’s task was to provide much needed fresh produce to local food banks, which, despite their vital importance to the communities of Spokane, still struggled to secure the resources they needed to provide fresh and healthy food options to those they served. Everyone should have access to fresh food and healthful choices.
Kate was inspired to work to secure this right for her community. In October of 2013, Kate founded the Spokane Edible Tree Project (SETP), a nonprofit that partners local farmers and food banks by volunteer harvesting over-abundant fruit trees and donating fresh produce to local food banks. The Spokane Edible Tree Project has donated over 200,000 pounds of produce since its founding, and is just one in a long record of achievements Kate Burke has helped earn for the Spokane area.
The spirit of service is contagious. Since founding her nonprofit, Kate has seized opportunities to work with numerous volunteer organizations to address Spokane’s evolving needs. Kate’s service led her to work in the office of Senator Andy Billig as a Legislative Assistant, conducting research, providing advice and counsel, and drafting legislation to address these needs. While working with the Senator, Kate’s attention was drawn to the need for leadership to foster partnerships between city agencies and nonprofit organizations.
City agencies and nonprofit organizations tend to work in silos, unaware of their neighbor’s projects and the ways they could work together for everyone. This means that those who would stand to benefit most—members of our community—are not getting the support they need and deserve. This opportunity to foster community relationships inspired Kate to run for Spokane City Council. Kate Burke is the ally our community needs to connect people to their resources, and to make Spokane a city serving its people.