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 PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Kate Scherr-Adams

Kate Scherr-Adams is a skilled professional, trainer and facilitator with insight, passion, and energy and over two decades of experience managing and elevating programs, people and projects. Kate’s strong passion for helping organizations achieve their missions led her to launch KS Solutions Consulting in 2011. KS Solutions is  a consulting firm focused on people and planning.  Through consulting Kate helps people navigate organizational challenges and build strategies to effectively achieve positive community impact. At the forefront of her work is wellness of teams in tandem with social justice and equity for all stakeholders. 

 

Kate is an insightful thought partner and skilled strategist with experience in professional development, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, nonprofit board development, organizational development, strategic planning and overall capacity building. She is an acute listener and observer, with an ability to quickly hone in on critical issues and levers for change. She brings a calming and consistent presence to project teams, acts as a coach and a teacher and has effective and amicable working relationships with her clients.

 

Kate has had success leading nonprofit and government teams, nonprofit boards, and front-line staff to further program growth and impact. Kate’s understanding of volunteer and board dynamics, strategy development, program design, strategic partnerships,  change management and the people who make all of this happen, has allowed her the opportunity to impact organizational culture and program success at all levels.

 

Kate has worked and been trained in the Standards for Excellence, a national initiative established to promote the standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability in nonprofit governance, management and operations, and to help nonprofit organizations develop  in these areas.

Her background in Social Work (BA) and Nonprofit Management (MA) informs her consulting work and provides a foundation to allow her to understand the psyche of the organizations and its people as well as what fundamentals are needed for optimal operations.  Kate also holds a certification from Cornell University in Wellness Counseling.

 

She has consulted with organizations, small and large, including Black Arts District in Baltimore, Challenger Center, Maryland Nonprofits, Humanity United, Adelante Latina, Charles County Department of Health, University of Maryland Baltimore County, US Conference of Mayors and America Service Commissions. 

 

Kate teaches a graduate school course at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) which she enjoys immensely as a way to both learn and help form future social change agents.

 

Prior to founding KS Solutions Consulting, Kate worked in various senior leadership roles for Business Volunteers MD, the Family League of Baltimore City, the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, Maryland Committee for Children (now the Maryland Family Network) and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.

 

Kate is an active community volunteer leading a weekly club with middle school students and serving on the Friends of Herring Run Park board. She is a nature-lover and a trained hike leader. Kate lives in Baltimore City with her husband and pup, where she has resided for 20+ years. She is originally from Columbia, MD, a unique community, which continues to play a large part in her values and perspective. 

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