Kate MacSwain loves translating complex ideas into clear and understandable language, whether that language is expressed in words or graphics, or both.
She discovered this talent while working in a lab focused on the neuroscience of meditation. Over time, its researchers came to rely on her artistic skills to distill their research into compelling graphics – an experience that ended up shaping her approach to communication.
“I really enjoy bridging the gap between different audiences: scientists and the broader public, business and IT, educators and students,” she said, adding that writing and graphic design are both useful tools to do that. “I always try to understand the purpose of what they’re trying to achieve, and everything flows from that.”
Kate joined the ROI team in 2020 from Genentech, where she worked developing brand identities and designing logos, before being tasked with broader communications and change management roles. Previously, Kate worked as a scientific, medical and technical writer and communications associate for Cedar Associates, an economics research company. There, she managed research projects for clients in the healthcare industry, drafted technical reports, produced slide decks and polished business proposals.
Earlier in her career, Kate spent five years at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a biomedical research nonprofit that aims to accelerate the pace at which the world conquers disease. There, she coordinated the institute’s education outreach program, a role that included engaging educational partners, overseeing grants, managing events and producing a wide range of digital and print publications.
Kate earned a BA in Contemplative Studies from Brown University, studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and completed graduate coursework in psychology at Brandeis University. When she’s not advising ROI clients, she enjoys yoga, cooking, reading, and hosting crafting events with friends.