Kate Hamilton

Kate Hamilton

Position: Director of Development & Operations
Email: khamilton@dralegal.org

“We all face disability at some point in our lives. I was drawn to DRA by the unique opportunity to support the most talented, passionate lawyers leading the way in a critical civil rights battle. At DRA, we work across disabilities and across the nation to develop solutions to systemic inequities.  DRA’s powerful work visibly changes our society for the better every day. Working with the generous individuals, corporations, and foundations who support DRA is inspiring and humbling.”

Born into a family of nonprofit activists, Kate Hamilton started her career as an environmental activist and educator—leading backcountry Student Conservation Association trips for urban youth and directing door-to-door canvassing through the California Public Interest Research Group.

Kate joined Disability Rights Advocates in February of 2013 and brings more than 10 years of fundraising experience to the organization. Kate has made her mark through the strategic, entrepreneurial growth of nonprofit development departments and worked as the Development Director for Creating Economic Opportunities for Women (C.E.O. Women) and NatureBridge. Kate has served as a Board member, volunteer, and advisor for organizations including the Future Leaders Institute, Outdoor Afro and Net Impact to increase contributed revenue and to maximize impact.  Her Master’s thesis, Bringing Nonprofits to Scale, examined changes in program diversity and quality as nonprofit organizations grew from a local to a national scale and identified 7 best practices for growing nonprofits.

When she’s not engaged in helping organizations increase their impact, scale and revenue, Kate practices patience, strength and flexibility through yoga, hiking, dog- parenting, cooking, home improvement, and international travel.

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