Kate Williamson joined the Shepperd Leadership Institute staff at the University of Texas Permian Basin in May of 2021. Over the last decade, she led the Basin Hill Group, a consultancy geared toward advocacy, strategic communications, and political campaigns. She has worked for both United States Congressman Mac Thornberry and Congressman Randy Neugebauer in their Washington, D.C. offices and for Thornberry’s campaign operation from 2008-2020. Her passion for leadership, public policy, and service began in college with internships with then-Speaker of the Texas House, Pete Laney in Austin, and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in D.C.
Williamson is actively involved in Midland civic and statewide leadership organizations. She currently serves as Chair for the Midland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In 2015, she was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas OneStar National Service Commission Board. She is a member of the 2020 Class of the Texas Lyceum.
Kate is also involved in the vibrant philanthropic community of the Permian Basin. She is a past Chairman of the High Sky Children’s Ranch Board, sustaining member of the Junior League of Midland, and former associate teaching director of the After School Kids Community Bible Study. She serves on the Midland Memorial Hospital Forum Board and is on the Board of the Midland Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
Williamson grew up in Vernon, Texas, graduated from the Hockaday School in Dallas in 1999, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in Honors studies from Texas Tech University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and a minor in Political Science.
She lives in Midland, with her husband Clint, and their two children Hunter (14) and Ella (12).