Kate Stephenson is the immediate past chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils and is an independent employment investigator. Before going out on her own, she was in private practice at law firms in Nashville for 25 years, most recently as managing partner at Trauger & Tuke. She also served for four years as Assistant General Counsel for Labor and Employment with Corrections Corporation of America.
Kate has a Master of Arts in American History. Before law school she taught history in the upper school at Webb School of Knoxville. In her early working life she was Public Relations Director at Kenyon Festival Theater and a production assistant at WQED in Pittsburgh.
Kate is a Fellow of the American and Nashville Bar Foundations. She has been active in local bar associations, serving as an officer and director and chairing numerous committees. Her other civic activities include chairing the Metropolitan Council Board of Ethical Conduct, serving as founder and president of the Breakfast Club of Nashville, and serving on the board of directors and as chairman of the board for Monroe Harding, Inc. She is a CASA volunteer. Kate has served on and chaired the board of Humanities Tennessee.