Kate Graham has more than a decade of experience working in local government in Canada. Kate served as Director, Community & Economic Innovation at the City of London, with responsibility for the City’s government relations, economic partnerships, culture, and strategic initiatives portfolios. She was a member of the City’s Senior Leadership Team and chair of the Operations Management Team. She worked directly with four mayors, dozens of councillors, and many community groups during her time at the City of London, learning much about the fascinating dynamics of politics at the local level. In 2018, Kate completed her PhD in Political Science at Western University, focused on political leadership in Canada’s cities. She currently teaches in the political science departments at Western University (Local Government Program), Huron University College, and King’s University College. She is also a senior fellow at Canada 2020, leading a project called No Second Chances that focuses on women in Canada’s most senior political roles.