Kate Machtiger

Strategist, Design


Kate is a Strategist at Luminary Labs, where she leads the organization’s design practice. Kate brings a multifaceted lens to solving problems and developing solutions, integrating a rigorous analytic approach with creativity and design sensibility. As the voice of design at Luminary Labs, Kate helps clients unearth novel approaches, translate complex topics for new audiences, and reimagine their innovation programs.

Kate currently leads engagements with the Department of Homeland Security and the Joyce Foundation and Grand Victoria Foundation, and runs Luminary Labs’ five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Education, for which she was recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Education.

Kate’s design-led perspective originates from deep experience with the built environment. Her early passion for set design and construction of low-cost homes led to studies in architecture and civil engineering, which culminated in the design of a 200-home zero net energy community for Nigeria for her senior thesis. Kate transitioned these talents into an investment banking role at Goldman Sachs, where she analyzed M&A and IPO deals for real estate leaders. Today, her architectural instincts are translated through her photography blog Lexington & Conquered.

Kate speaks about virtual and augmented reality, makerspaces, innovation in education, and the future of cities.

Kate holds a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Outside the office, she can be found exploring New York in search of striking architecture and great tacos, often with a skateboard in tow.