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Kate Behncken

Vice President, Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft

Bio Current as of May 19, 2021

Microsoft Philanthropies helps realize the company’s mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more by supporting nonprofits and underserved communities around the world. Kate and her team are focused on initiatives – both local and global – that drive scalable and sustainable social impact and economic opportunity for all. Microsoft Philanthropies seeks to create systemic change by expanding digital inclusion, investing in strategic communities, leveraging our own employee engagement and using technology to build the capacity of nonprofits.

Kate’s previous roles include General Manager of the Microsoft Philanthropies Global Community Engagement team and Associate General Counsel and Chief of Staff to company President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, which included leadership of a team focused on technology and operations. Kate began her career in Australia and previously worked in legal roles across APAC and EMEA.   

Kate currently serves on the board of United Way of King County, World Affairs Council of Seattle, Generation Unlimited (UNICEF) and is a member of the CARE Corporate Council.