Kate Nelson is the director of economic opportunity for Jannus. Kate stands at the forefront of EO’s growing mission to create economic mobility for all community members in the Treasure Valley and Twin Falls area. She is responsible for EO’s vision, strategy, program development, fundraising efforts and operations.
Kate began working with refugees as a volunteer in 2006, before going on to found the EO Starling Project, a multicultural women’s mentoring program focused on driving forward gender parity and developing a leadership pipeline. Believing in the power of access, mentorship, and microloans, Kate used her entrepreneurial skills to empower over 100 minority, women-owned businesses launch and thrive in Boise. As EO Director, Kate increased EO’s loan portfolio size to its largest in the program’s 18 year history while reducing the default rate by 1.5%. Kate developed a new application of self-sufficiency model to significantly increase outcomes for those served while maximizing community engagement resulting in increased home ownership, exponential increases in monthly income and increased adult education enrollment. This model was recognized by the Office of Refugee Resettlement as a best practice in 2018.
Kate was previously the Director of Government Sales for GSA Results, a professional consulting firm with expertise in the federal procurement process. As such, she was responsible for government relations and representing clients in Washington D.C.
Prior to GSA Results, Kate served as President for Power Cordz, a division of Io DuPont. Under her direction, Io DuPont products were introduced into eighteen new markets overseas. Kate successfully worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. embassies in Belgium and Holland to bring products to market in Europe.
In 2019, Kate was recognized as one of Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year and a Refugee Champion by the Idaho Office of Refugees. Kate was confirmed by the Boise City Council as a CCDC Commissioner on March 3, 2020, for a standard five-year term, after being appointed by Mayor Lauren McLean.