KATE LILJA LOHNES
Kate Lilja Lohnes is a seasoned communicator with a passion for building campaigns that influence consumers to shift ingrained daily habits in favor of more sustainable ones. As acting president, she leads both the Communications & PR and Sustainability Communications focus areas of the business.
Kate returned to Lilja Communications in 2016 as senior PR consultant after working with the agency back in 2006. In the intervening years, Kate worked in Utah for the Salt Lake County Health Department, where she helped the organization navigate the 2009 H1N1 public health emergency, and Salt Lake City’s Division of Sustainability, where she managed communications for Salt Lake City Green and managed The Clear the Air Challenge.
In 2014, Kate presented at the UN Habitat World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, in a panel presentation focused on sustainable solutions to common challenges urban environments face around the world. She has also presented at several national conferences hosted by the U.S. EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program. Check out a recent presentation on sustainability storytelling.
Kate currently serves as vice chair on the Conservation Commission for the City of Eden Prairie. When she has a free moment, she heads outdoors with her husband Brian and their two children, Teddy (7) and Freya (4).
Favorite book: “Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown
Reading & recommending now: “The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah
Favorite movie: “Pride & Prejudice" (the BBC version)
Binge-watching now: “The Crown"
Six-word memoir: Kate: A tale of two cities