Experience: 20+ years
Education: B.A. in History
Katherine DiGiovanni is an outreach and strategic communications consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with government agencies, nonprofit organizations and the private sector. She has substantial experience in developing and implementing public education campaigns, as well as expertise in marketing strategy, event and media relations and program management.
At Concepts, Katherine has provided support on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) by spearheading the development of its Inclusion@Work Network of business membership organizations, and facilitating its communications and outreach campaigns. Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) initiative. Katherine helped guide social media and outreach strategy and ensured the site’s access to federal agencies through an ongoing linking campaign.
Additionally, Katherine worked on the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) Disability.gov program, the HIV/AIDS Employment Initiative and the U.S. Department of Labor’s elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors. For Disability.gov, Katherine oversaw the project’s social media activity, developing and implementing an outreach and education campaign to increase public awareness of the site when it was redesigned. Katherine also led ODEP’s year-long Getting Down to Business pilot, where she managed the application and selection process as well as program implementation at the individual pilot sites.
In 2012, Katherine managed branding and outreach efforts for HBI (formerly the Home Builders Institute) and spearheaded ODEP’s 2012 “AT Works” webcast series, featuring panel discussions with accessibility experts from government, academia, advocacy organizations and the private sector. Katherine also provided support for the Campaign for Disability Employment and co-led rebranding and communications efforts on behalf of SHAPE America (formerly known as AAHPERD), the national association of health and physical educators.
Prior to that, Katherine worked on America’s Heroes at Work and the National Veterans Small Business Conference, both supporting the employment of returning military service members and veterans, particularly those with service-related disabilities. She also contributed to the “Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” curriculum, which included the development of the curriculum itself, as well as its assessment through a national pilot program. Other areas of focus have been the execution of outreach and education strategies for the Job Accommodation Network, in addition to the development of collateral materials for ODEP’s Workforce Recruitment Program.
Katherine holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While living in Madison, she also worked as a non-partisan staff member in the Wisconsin State Assembly.