Kate Mortenson is an executive leader who puts wide-ranging social and enterprise experience behind her empathy. A skilled strategist with a degree in journalism and extensive media expertise, Kate paired her proficiencies with a passion for helping communities to thrive, which led to her founding public benefit corporation iPondr, SBC in 2020. iPondr soon emerged with the mission of using media as a powerful tool to portray an authentic America and spark genuine conversations to help reconnect American society.
Kate's previous entrepreneurial experience includes leadership roles for the 2019 Final Four Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee. As Bid Director, she led the winning bid to host the NCAA's $750 million event in Minneapolis. Kate also founded the Minnesota Sports Corporation to help develop the event. The 2019 Championship weekend brought $143 million into the Minnesota economy, drew record attendance across events in downtown Minneapolis, and set a new standard for vendor and community inclusion. This earned the committee a Vision 2025 Leadership award from the Downtown Council and Minneapolis’ first-ever Award Certification from The Council for Responsible Sport.
Kate’s other achievements include being an inductee into the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame, a Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal “Women in Business” honoree, a C-Level Magazine “CEO of the Month,” and a Twin Cities Business magazine 2019 “Person to Watch.” Kate is currently a member of The Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable and previously served six years as a member of the Board and Chair of Governance at Minnesota Public Radio. She also serves on the board of Stratacor, the parent company of Delta Dental of Minnesota.
Kate and her husband, David, have (mostly) launched three young adult children from their home in Minneapolis.