Katie Oman

Katie is an expert in project planning for arts and culture with nearly twenty years’ experience in project planning, decision making, and economic analysis for nonprofit and public sector clients across North America. Her approach combines deep technical expertise in the complexities of arts operations and capital planning with a sensitivity to the unique needs, values, and aspirations of nonprofit arts organizations, stakeholders, and their communities. She has a special expertise in sustainable development for arts, culture, and heritage using data driven analysis and rigorous research to move towards new long term approaches to strategic capital and operational planning.



Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership: Adjunct Faculty

Cultural Infrastructure & Facilities: Tools for Achieving Mission

“Toward Sustainable Cultural Infrastructure: Better Practices for Capital Projects.Grantmakers in the Arts Reader 29.2 (2018).

"Plan It  |  Build It: Your Step By Step Guide to Planning and Completing Capital Projects." Arts Build Ontario (2013).

"Stage Lighting & The Environment: Results from a Year-Long Study,"  Protocol 18:4 (2013).

"Making the Case for Environmental Sustainability in the Arts," Grantmakers in the Arts Reader 23:3 (2012), co-authored with Bill Moskin.

"Examining our Practice through an Environmental Lens," Protocol (2011).

Building Museums Conference 2019, New York: Planning for Forever - Theory & Practice in Collections Stewardship

Building Museums Conference 2018, Philadelphia: Planning for Life After Opening - Aligning Project Vision & Economic Outcomes

North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2016, New York: Envisioning Sustainable Futures in the Cultural Sector

Western Museums Association 2015, San Jose: Long Term Thinking about Collections Stewardship

Theatre Communications Group 2014, San Diego: Cultural Infrastructure, Capital Projects – Cultural Baggage or Public Assets?

American Alliance of Museums 2014, Seattle: New Ideas Need Old Buildings: Museums, Cities, and Adaptive Reuse

World Stage Design 2014, Cardiff, Wales: New Ideas Need Old Buildings: Innovative Spaces for Performance

National Association of Theatre Engineering and Architecture 2012, New York: Efficient Design Ideas: Adaptive Reuse for Arts and Culture

WA State Arts Alliance A Cultural Congress 2012, Yakima: A Practical Look at Environmental Sustainability for Arts Organizations; Addressing Generational Change in the Arts (with Bill Moskin).


Cultural Access Washington  |   Trustee
Trinity College Dublin   |   Master of Philosophy, Public History and Cultural Heritage
Certified Sustainable Building Advisor  |   Olympic College
U.S. Green Building Council  |  LEED AP
Princeton University   |   Bachelor of Arts, Architecture



Kimberly johnson

Kim joined KO Projects in early 2018 after more than 20 years in public service in a variety of roles. She brings expertise from her work with a range of public entities as well as private sector consulting and has worked closely with community organizations, nonprofit executives, mayors and city managers, council and commission members, business leaders, and other community stakeholders. She has experience in both executive and technical environments, contributing skill in policy analysis and municipal management, finance, organizational development and strategic planning initiatives, program planning/design, research, and capital and operational budgeting. She has a special expertise in managing executive level projects, and bringing stakeholders together to find resolution to complex organizational challenges and (seemingly) intractable problems.


EDUCATION  | Experience

Harvard University  |   Master of Public Policy
Occidental College   |   B.A., Political Science
KO Projects  |   Research Associate
City of Redmond, WA  |  Policy & Financial Analyst
Port of Seattle, WA   |   Public Policy Consultant
City of Hingham, MA | Consultant, Harbor Improvement Strategy