Kate Brumage, Founder and Director
Kate founded People Power in 2019. Kate has an eclectic education and work history, which gives her insight into how career pathways are shaped in and by various institutions. As the Executive Director of Butler Koshland Fellowships, a role she held for 8 years, Kate served as matchmaker between executive directors and emerging leaders for year-long, full-time, fully-funded bidirectional mentorships. The central belief of BKF is that a broad alliance of leaders working collaboratively across traditional boundaries is best equipped to realize systemic change. Mentor/fellow pairs were selected from a wide variety of fields, including: immigrant rights, public health, criminal justice reform, land conservation, arts, investigative journalism, philanthropy, and LGBTQ rights. Informed by the collective wisdom of this intergenerational community, Kate created People Power out of a desire to provide her colleagues with values-aligned talent services that centered their unique needs as social justice leaders.
In addition to other positions in the nonprofit sector, Kate has also worked for over ten years in the service industry—at a diner, a dive bar, and a beloved family-owned restaurant—learning “school of life” lessons from her peers and customers that she credits on equal footing with her formal education.
She holds an AA from Seattle Community College, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an honors BA degree in English Literature from the University of Washington, and earned an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. Both her undergraduate and graduate work concerned critical race theory and gender studies, with a focus on literary representations of racist, sexist, and homophobic pseudo-scientific theories of evolution. Her literary studies embedded in her a profound respect for the power of representation, and drives her to create opportunities for people to speak their own truths.
Kate lives in Seattle with her young daughter, her greatest teacher of all.
Anna Gagliuffi, Director of Community Engagement
Anna elevates heart-led organizations and entrepreneurs through design, strategy, and coaching in service of collective liberation. Her Peruvian heritage and global perspective deeply influence her work. She is the founder of Artesanna, a graphic design and purpose coaching agency. She works with social justice organizations to communicate impact and engage meaningfully with audiences. On the coaching side, she works with women and gender expansive people to embody their purpose through somatics and mindset work.
Anna joined People Power as Director of Community Engagement in 2023 because she deeply believes that we better serve humanity when we are embodying our purpose. Prior to that, Anna was the Visual Communications Director for the Latino Community Foundation, where she worked for 7 years. In this role, she developed dynamic visual storytelling to strengthen the brand, increase statewide and national visibility, and engage new partnerships. During that time, fundraising grew from $5.5M to $19.6M annually. A highlight during her time there was reaching 31 million people for the Latino Vote and Census campaigns through websites and billboards. She was also instrumental in the growth of the Latino Giving Circle Network, a $1.85M donor portfolio of the largest Latino donor network in the country. She holds deep love and gratitude for her time at LCF.
Anna is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Bachelor’s in Advertising, Public Relations and Graphic Design from Chapman University. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art, spending time at the beach, traveling, and nesting in Miami with her soon-to-be-wife.
Our Fiscal Sponsor
Community Initiatives is a dedicated fiscal sponsor whose sole purpose is to provide best-in-class infrastructure for nonprofit leaders. It knows the right questions to ask to help organizations develop a sustainable and scalable solution in their community.
Free of administrative burdens, inspired advocates stay energized and centered on the people they serve and create a positive impact. Helping advocates stay focused on what matters is what Community Initiatives does best, and it is why the organization was founded to work “in service to great ideas.”
Fiona Teng 鄧穎恆 (she / her) served as a communications consultant for People Power in 2023.
She is a Hong Kong-born, SF Bay Area-made, and Brooklyn-based equity-informed communications strategist, writer, and storyteller. For nearly 15 years, she has worked in service of the movement for justice of all kinds, including food justice, racial justice, economic justice, and student loan forgiveness. Professionally and personally, Fiona believes that it is our inherent right to heal from past harms and that doing so paves a necessary path toward individual—and collective—liberation.
In her spare time, Fiona obsesses over her house plants, dances salsa, rates new boba spots, reads a lot, and is often caught dreaming up her next adventure.