Kate Marple MSc

Director of Communications


Kate Marple is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The George Washington University, and is the Director of Communications for its National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. She focuses on how partnerships across sectors can develop common language to foster collaboration, and trains civil legal aid and health care leaders to develop and message a shared mission. Ms. Marple also does research exploring storytelling in the social sector, specifically on how best to use it as a tool to evoke empathy rather than sympathy, and how to involve, center, and empower consumers and communities in the storytelling that organizations do.

Ms. Marple is currently a lecturer in the Department of Human Services at Northeastern University, where she developed and teaches an undergraduate course in nonprofit communications. She previously worked as a Communications Officer at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Children’s Mental Health Campaign.  She earned a Bachelors from Northeastern University in Human Services and History, and a Masters in Nationalism Studies from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where her research focused on the role trauma plays in collective memory and rebuilding national identity after a genocide or conflict. Ms. Marple is also a documentary playwright, turning verbatim interviews into audio and stage dramas, while exploring the intersections of field research, oral history, and dramatic storytelling.