Vice President of Development
Kate Francis joined the Arts and Education Council team in July 2014 as vice president of development. In this role, Francis provides leadership, professional expertise and direction to A&E’s philanthropic and development efforts and is responsible for corporate, foundation, individual giving, major gifts and planned giving.
Most recently, Francis served as chief development officer at the YWCA Metro St. Louis. Prior to joining the YWCA, Francis served as director of development and marketing for Jazz St. Louis. She has held a variety of arts management positions including president and managing director of the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois, director of development for Arizona Opera, and campaign manager for the St. Louis Symphony. Francis earned her B.A. (cum laude) in Philosophy from Monmouth College.
In her spare time, Kate enjoys time with her daughter and family as well as traveling, singing, playing guitar, photography and reading.