About Kate

Kate Wood is a social worker and labor organizer running for Albany County’s 5th Legislative District. Through her work, Kate has seen firsthand the issues that this community faces, such as the lack of affordable housing, lack of investment in accessible mental health resources, and a need for creative ways to increase equitable economic opportunities. With experience in community outreach, advocacy, and coalition-building, Kate is committed and qualified to address these systemic inequalities and work towards a more just and equitable society. She is committed to tackling these issues, and believes that through collective community action and empowerment, we can shape a better future for all. 
Kate began her career in social work at St. Catherine’s Center for Children, where she worked with youth and families to connect them with community resources, assisted them in navigating various Albany County systems, and provided clinical services and crisis support as needed. Today, Kate works as a labor organizer for United University Professions (UUP), where she works to build collective power on SUNY campuses and ensure workers’ rights are protected. Kate received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Albany, and a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. Kate’s commitment to community engagement and activism has earned her the 2019 Activist of the Year award from SUNY Oneonta and 2023 Resourceful Women’s Award from YWCA of the Greater Capital Region. Kate and her husband, Alex, live on Irving Street with their dog, Jake, and cat, Finn.