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Who is Kate?

Kate Daneker is director of social initiatives at Square Roots Collective and the coordinator of the Southern Chester County Opportunity Network, a regional Bridges initiative focused on engaging the community to address poverty together in comprehensive, collaborative ways. Kate spent the first part of her career working in direct social service roles with the multilingual, multicultural population of Southeastern Pennsylvania and has extensive experience navigating community systems to bring about collective change. Kate lives in the coolest small town on Earth, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, with her husband Rob and their rescue dog Sadie.

Degrees and credentials 

  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the School for International Training, Graduate Institute, in Brattleboro, Vertmont
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts
  • Certified Getting Ahead Facilitator and Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer

Work history 

  • Community Engagement Director
  • Homeless Prevention Case Manager
  • Family Health Advocate
  • Travel Advisor, Latin America
  • Professional Translator and Interpreter

Kate’s aha! moment

My aha! moments have been many, but perhaps the most significant came from facilitating my first Getting Ahead workshop. I had been working as a case manager with many of the folks in that group for years and had been with them during very personal and vulnerable moments in their lives. But in Getting Ahead, for the first time, the power dynamic of staff/client was taken away, and for the first time I had the privilege of hearing those who had experienced poverty talk about what it feels like to be in their shoes. It was an incredibly humbling and empowering experience.

Kate’s passion

I am passionate about centering the voices of those with lived experience in conversations about poverty and building meaningful relationships across social divides—whether those divides are socioeconomic, cultural, or the result of other differing life experiences.

Kate’s best training

Every training is unique because of the people in it, and my favorite trainings are those where the audience is most diverse. As Dr. James Comer said, “No significant learning occurs without significant relationship,” and the most significant learning we get out of Bridges trainings is from one another.

What does Kate do for fun?

I’m a big fan of being outside, especially with my best hiking buddy—my dog, Sadie. Besides that, I enjoy trying out new creations in the kitchen, traveling whenever I can, and meeting new people!