Kate Bauer Thomas
Over the past 15+ years, Kate has worked in the field of design, with over a decade focused in user experience design. She began her career in mobile-based start-ups and quickly built up a portfolio of award-winning brand work at several well-known digital and ad agencies, including R/GA, Wieden+Kennedy and Firstborn. Kate has built and managed both UX design and multi-disciplinary teams, as well as co-founded and managed a diversity & inclusion initiative, called Beyond. Kate has Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. She has a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in New Media from the State University of New York at Purchase College. Kate has spoken at conferences, such as SXSW Interactive, Microsoft Design Expo and Mobilefest Brazil, on the topic of quantifiable health, wearable tech and emerging platforms. She has also taught graduate level courses and lectured at universities such as The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Manhattanville College.
As Product Design Lead at Freeport Metrics, Kate runs the international design practice across both offices (Portland and Warsaw). She is responsible for ensuring that we lead with a human-centered approach and deliver products that encompass an understanding of behavior in direct alignment with business goals. Kate works in close collaboration with the other delivery leads to redefine delivery excellence and elevate our capabilities within the evolving landscape of technology and design. One of the things she enjoys most about FM is being surrounded by a really smart and motivated people.
Kate co-runs an art + culture magazine called VNDL, that features emerging artists and musicians from all over the world. As a recent transplant from New York, she’s looking forward to exploring the art and technology scene that the Portland city has to offer and, of course, spending an inordinate amount of time outdoors. Kate is also the proud mother of two young children who, despite their age, provide a constant stream of invaluable insights and experiences.