Kate Nygren

Kate Nygren
  • Associate Director, Education Programs

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall, Room 4060
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Kate Nygren joined the Public Management Center in 2021, bringing a decade of research and university instruction in leadership, communication, writing, and literature. Kate’s career focus has been on helping people develop their skills, professionalization, and leadership potential and practice.  She’s also built and collaborated with teams, helped lead organizational change, negotiated and instituted budget cuts, sought out new networks and mentors, collaborated on strategic plans, and much more. These experiences helped her shape her own professional identity and skill sets and provide valuable context in which to share and learn alongside PMC program participants. In her role, she manages the Heartland Certified Public Manager® Program and the Emerging Leaders Academy. Kate holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Kansas. Kate and her husband Blake have two daughters, Zelma and Margot.