Kate is a Washington, DC transplant (Statehood Now!), originally from Seattle, and finally gets why they call her home state the “Other” Washington. While her addiction to black coffee and all things grunge (the music! the clothes!) are her birthright, it turns out she’s an East Coast soul who was mistakenly born out West. An extreme extrovert who loves people and building relationships, she fittingly has a master’s in counseling psychology from Arizona State University (and lived through nine summers in the Phoenix hellscape). Because she loves to read and write personal essays, she chose English lit for her bachelor’s from University of Washington (Go Dawgs!). On weekends you can find her catching up on back issues of the New Yorker, going to rock shows, or taking long walks around the District with her husband while their cat Lucky waits patiently at home for their return to the couch.