Kate Shapiro was born in Durham, North Carolina, and raised in Atlanta Georgia where she still lives. She has had the great honor to work in the service of US Southern freedom movements for gender, sexual, racial and economic justice for the last 12+ years. She is a grassroots organizer, trainer, popular educator and strategist. She recently left Southerners on New Ground (SONG) after 8 years on staff, where she helped build SONG into the largest grassroots multi-racial LGBTQ membership organization in the South, that wages and wins intersectional direct action organizing campaigns on life and death LGBTQ issues. Her roles while at SONG included Senior Organizer, Membership Director and Special Projects Director. Prior to SONG she worked with SEIU International Union, The Beehive Design Collective, Spark Reproductive Justice Now and the Center for Participatory Change. She sits on the advisory council of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective and the Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger.