Kate Kigongo is the City of West Hollywood’s Innovation Analyst. Among several projects, Kate is a resource for staff in the exploration of new civic technologies to enhance citizen satisfaction and engagement, increase government efficiency and transparency, and promote the City’s innovation economy.

Prior to working for the City of West Hollywood, Kate was a Program Manager at Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), managing urban greening and community revitalization projects, including managing the development of conceptual plans for two of LA Mayor Garcetti’s first fifteen Great Streets.

Kate is a graduate of UCLA and holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Design and Development. Before receiving her Master’s from UCLA, Kate worked as a Program Officer at Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) where she ran the California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program, managing a $6 million program that provided free energy efficiency assessments, energy data analysis, and retrofits to child care and recreation centers statewide.

Kate is the co-author of “Keep Your Wheels On”: Mediating Informality in the Food Cart, a chapter in “The Informal American City”, published by MIT Press in 2014. In her free time, Kate is an avid neighborhood explorer, home cook and lover of street food, and an amateur architectural photographer.