ABOUT

Kate Stayman-London is a writer and creative consultant. After several years working in field and digital organizing, Kate moved to Los Angeles to earn an MFA in screenwriting, and has since split her time between narrative and political projects. Most recently, she spent eighteen months with the digital department of Hillary for America, where she had the opportunity to write for Secretary Clinton, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and others. Kate's specialties include video conceptualization and scripting, email marketing and programmatic design, fundraising and organizing message strategy, storytelling training, and feminist jokes. She is passionate about dismantling systemic racism, ensuring bodily autonomy for all women and girls, and creating a safe and equal society for the LGBT community.

EXPERIENCE

Lead digital writer, Hillary for America; Brooklyn, NY — 2015-2016

Wrote digital content on behalf of Secretary Clinton, President Obama, President Clinton, Vice President Biden, Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, and others. Led and executed message strategy for digital fundraising for the campaign, which raised $330 million. Wrote, directed, and produced videos for surrogates including President Obama, Vice President Biden, Congressman John Lewis, Lena Dunham, Will Ferrell, Uzo Aduba, Josh Charles, and others. Wrote and produced live video segments with Senator Al Franken, the cast of The West Wing, and Kristen Schaal. Served as lead email writer for the campaign. Represented Secretary Clinton's voice in high-profile digital outlets. Managed a team of writers. Led rapid-response fundraising strategy for debates and other high-value moments. 

Lead storyteller, Change.org; San Francisco, CA — 2011-2015

Served as lead email writer for list of 10+ million users, drove millions of signatures and millions of dollars in annual revenue. Led and produced major brand projects and videos. Created and led storytelling trainings for employees on five continents. Architected message framing for signature work such as successful campaign to convince the Boy Scouts of America to include openly gay Scouts. Wrote for hundreds of activists including Malala Yousafzai and the parents of Trayvon Martin.

Writer/consultant, various organizations — 2012-2015

Wrote and consulted for various major progressive organizations, including the AFL-CIO, MoveOn.org, Coworker.org, and others. Wrote email, created email programs, created and led storytelling trainings, produced creative content. Gave talks and trainings at conferences across America and Europe, including Netroots Nation, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, and more.

Campaign manager, CREDO Mobile; San Francisco,CA — 2008-2009

Directed CREDO’s national online activism program. Oversaw election protection work in seven states. Ran largest progressive pollworker recruiting program in America.

Deputy field director, Alliance for Retired Americans; Washington, DC — 2007-2008

Created, implemented, and oversaw grassroots field plans for 3.5 million-member organization. Significant day-to-day management responsibilities for 12+ staff. 

Vote by mail director, Ohio AFL-CIO; Columbus, OH — 2006

Designed first-time statewide vote by mail program, brought in 12,000+ drop-off voters. Oversaw 20+ staff, coordinated with 88 county boards of election, trained Labor 2006 staff in other states using my plan as a model.

Regional field coordinator, National Association of Letter Carriers; Washington, DC — 2005-2007

Coordinated legislative and political activism among union members in 10 states. Created fundraising strategy for top-20 PAC, met with Congressional members and candidates.

EDUCATION

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA — MFA, Writing for Screen & Television

Amherst College, Amherst, MA — BA cum laude, English

WRITING AWARDS

  • 2015 BlogHer “Voice of the Year” recipient for feminist comedy blog “Ladies Against Humanity.”
  • Selected as one of 9 finalists of 1750+ applicants for Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop.
  • Selected as one of 6 semi-finalists of 600+ entrants in the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.
  • Official nominee from USC for Student Humanitas Prize.
  • Received the Josh Schwartz Scholarship for the best original television pilot written at USC.
  • Selected as one of 12 Film Independent Screenwriting Fellows.
  • Chosen by Steven Bochco to participate in his five-person pilot-writing class at USC.
  • Awarded the Grand Prize in the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards (female protagonist category) for SKIRT – co-written with Chris Mason Johnson.