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Kate McAdams, Senior Adviser to the Secretary

Kate McAdams, Senior Adviser to the Secretary

Kate McAdams began serving as the Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in July 2013. Her portfolio consists of developing and implementing the Secretary's strategic priorities, including leading policy initiatives to support 21st century skills development, which is a key pillar of the Commerce Department's “Open for Business Agenda.”  

Before joining the Department, Ms. McAdams served as the Executive Director for The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation (PTFF), which invests in people and programs to improve schools, promote health and fitness, support arts and culture, and expand skills training in Chicago and nationally.   

Ms. McAdams previously served as a policy analyst in the Office of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, where she was responsible for implementing public-private partnerships; creating new initiatives to expand access to technology; and streamlining government processes through performance management. Ms. McAdams was also a key policy adviser in the Office of the Mayor in New Haven, Connecticut; worked in development for the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago; and supported health initiatives at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Ms. McAdams earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Yale University and an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.