Kate Rubalcava

Chief Executive Officer

Kate Rubalcava, a Utah native, is an experienced professional with roots in community activism and resident leadership that has led her along a two-decade career working in the nonprofit sector both serving a local and global community. Her career, prior to joining the UNA in 2016, includes leading a statewide coalition to provide Earned Income Tax Credit outreach and free income tax preparation. She has established community schools, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the sister island nation of St. Kitts-Nevis, promoted higher education, and worked to increase community engagement. She has also been an adjunct faculty in the School of Education at Westminster College.

Presently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Nonprofits Association, Kate leads a dynamic team that diligently works to provide training and resources, cost savings benefits, and sound nonprofit-friendly policies and legislation on a state and federal level. During her tenure she has grown UNA’s revenue by 14%, she has doubled the staff, widened the reach and scope of the work, and started an endowment; solidifying the future of the UNA. At present she is leading the board and staff in the organization’s quest to be a Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) focused organization. This very difficult work will result in policy change and culture shift which will reap many benefits internally but also externally as the UNA serves the nonprofits in Utah.

Kate is also an active member in her community. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, committees and held various volunteer jobs. She has written articles for a local newspaper and even worked to deliver the newspaper in the early years. She was pivotal in paving the way for local artists to have their craft widely displayed around the city by spearheading a mural project on an abandoned city building. She successfully advocated for more transparent policies within the local police department. She dedicated hundreds of hours in mentorship and homework help so that a young Afghani refugee could graduate from high school.

Presently her volunteer and service engagements include serving as Secretary and Board Member for the National Council of Nonprofits, located in Washington, D.C. She serves on the Alumni Leadership Council for Salt Lake Community College. She is a Mentor with Casa Quetzalcoatl focusing on the Education and Business Chinampa.

To restore balance Kate can be found practicing her archery skills, walking her dog Muncie, and occasionally talking herself into a jog. She is also known to consume stories and media written and performed by people of color in the podcasts she listens to and in a book club she co-leads. She has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy. Each obtained by Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah, respectively.