Kate - FULL

Vice President
Program Manager, Transportation

Kate Rube is an urban planner with expertise in smart growth, active living, and transportation issues. She has led many efforts to build coalitions across different sectors, organize workgroups and training programs, and provide technical assistance to local organizations and governments in order to advance sustainable community goals.

Previous this position, she worked as the Active Design National Training Manager for New York City’s inter-agency Active Design program, where she developed and ran a peer mentoring and training program for municipalities across the country on how to design communities and streets that encourage walking, bicycling, and other physical activity. In this role, she organized trainings and workshops for more than 1,200 people. She provided resources and technical assistance on a range of active living issues, including fostering inter-agency partnerships, building political support, and policy opportunities.

Kate served as the Director of Government Affairs & Outreach for Smart Growth America from 2007-2010, where she organized a coalition of more than 60 national, state, and local organizations.  She led policy development and advocacy on sustainable communities, housing, transportation, and environmental issues. During her time at Smart Growth America, Kate helped develop and build support for performance-based transportation planning policy, as well as legislation integrating climate change goals in transportation policy.  Kate helped to organize development of the Transportation for America campaign, a broad national coalition for federal transportation reform.

Kate formerly worked for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group as the Assistance National Field Director, where she coordinated the organization’s strategy to build political, public and stakeholder support on a range of federal environmental issues.


University of Maryland at College Park, Master of Community Planning, 2010
University of Virginia, Bachelor of Science, Urban and Environmental Planning, 2002