Chief Operating Officer
Kate Wilhelm develops and executes communications and outreach strategies for clients. In her role, she also directs strategic planning and spearheads business development for Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy.
Kate works directly with many of Ceisler Media’s corporate clients, using her expertise to help them with reputation management, community affairs, corporate relations and messaging strategy. For example, she directs Philadelphia market media relations for Walmart, helping showcase the company’s retail innovations.
Similarly, she helps advance the profile of Comcast, supporting that company’s Philadelphia external affairs and communications. One major focus is on Comcast’s effort to increase their brand value in the Philadelphia Market.
Kate works closely with FS Investments, with a particular focus on promoting the charitable FS Foundation, as well as several other clients on regional visibility and awareness of important issues related to their business. She also works with several other clients on regional visibility and awareness of important issues related to their business.
Kate joined Ceisler Media’s Philadelphia office in 2017, bringing more than a decade of executive and reputation-management experience. She founded KWC Strategies LLC, a consulting firm that created business and development plans for clients, including the Philadelphia Film Society, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Please Touch Museum.
Kate served as the Senior Vice President of Business Development & External Affairs at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). There, she formed a new business development department, creating and managing relationships with a spectrum of partners, including Bank of America, Accenture, CBS-Philadelphia, the Phillies and 15 art museums around the country. She led early implementation of a business plan for the Flower Show, which attracts 250,000 annual visitors and helped launch of the first Pop Up gardens in the City.
Before that, Kate served as Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy. As chief executive, she oversaw efforts to increase and diversify financial support for the park system. She directed completion of an $8.1 million campaign to finish restoration of the Water Works South Garden and Cliffside; facilitated development of a master plan for Hunting Park in North Philadelphia; and negotiated the reopening of the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center with the City of Philadelphia and Stephen Starr Catering.
A native of Atco, New Jersey, Kate attended Rutgers University, earning a degree in political science. She lives in the Packer Park neighborhood of South Philadelphia with her daughter, Elizabeth.
Kate’s first job was working at a small Italian restaurant in South Jersey. She enjoys recreating some of those recipes, as well those passed down by family. Her escarole soup, clams casino and vodka sauce are fabulous.
Kate loves to do arts and crafts projects with her daughter, often turning to Pinterest for new ways to use her hot glue gun.
To Kate, the best TV must be binge-worthy. Sporting events and music are best live and up close.