Kathryn (Kate) Racine serves as a Principal and Vice President of MLC where she works at the intersection of two distinct worlds: social science and mission. In her role at MLC she uses an array of social science methods to help values-based organizations clarify and strengthen their impact. Prior to joining MLC in 2012, Kate was Founder/Owner of B-Line, a triple-bottom line business in Portland, Oregon focused on sustainability and featured in Time Magazine and the New York Times. She also has worked extensively in Catholic higher education where she advanced community-based learning, spiritual formation, and mission integration initiatives.
Kate has spent extensive time abroad including working with former child prostitutes in Thailand, teaching English in rural Japan, and traveling over 10,000 miles by bicycle through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. All of these experiences have profoundly shaped her worldview, her commitment to social justice, and her love of contemplative wisdom traditions that sustain meaningful action in the world. She has an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Bowdoin College, a Master of Divinity degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and trained as a spiritual director with the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA.
Kate joined the Ministry Leadership Center in 2012, drawn to the intersection of values-based leadership, spirituality, and the Center’s efforts to sustain and advance the unique character and contribution of Catholic ministries.