Kate Bigam

Social Media & Community Manager
Union for Reform Judaism
Red Bank, NJ, US

Kate Bigam is the Social Media & Community Manager for the Union for Reform Judaism. She is responsible for maintaining the Reform Movement's presence on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and the URJ's two blogs, RJ.org & ReformJudaism.org/blog.

Before starting this position in April 2012, Kate served as a Congregational Representative for the URJ's East District, liaising between New England congregations and the larger Reform Movement. She began her tenure with the Union in 2007, when she worked as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and focused on issues of civil rights, criminal justice and gun control. Later, as the RAC's press secretary, Kate had a hand in every aspect of the organization's communications: She developed and implemented a multi-faceted online presence, helped raise the Reform Movement's profile in the national media, and taught technology implementation and strategy workshops to help students, educators and clergy use social media as a tool to advance social justice.

Combining her love of online media with her background in public relations, Kate has done freelance consulting work for a number of small businesses, both Jewish and otherwise, as they set forth marketing their work through technology and new media. She also served as an associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, a respected firm specializing in media relations, branding and marketing, and as a reporter for Patch.com, a hyper-local news outlet.

A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Kate holds a Bachelor's degree in Magazine Journalism from Kent State University. While at Kent, she worked as an editorial intern at Cleveland Magazine, as assistant news editor of the nationally renowned Daily Kent Stater, and as managing editor of Fusion magazine, an award-winning biannual publication addressing sexual minority issues. As a participant in the Religious Action Center's Machon Kaplan program for college students, Kate first combined her Judaism with her dedication to social justice while interning for the Family Equality Council, which works to ensure equality for LGBT families.

Kate lives in Red Bank, N.J. In her spare time, she likes to travel and maintains a blog that has been noted by The Washington Post and TIME.