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Kate Lydon

Senior Portfolio Director, IDEO
Kate Lydon is a Senior Portfolio Director at IDEO, leading content excellence and client relationships across a broad Service and Experience Design practice that includes sectors from retail to government to financial services and travel. With a background in brand strategy, creative direction, and architecture, Kate guides cross-disciplinary teams towards visionary, innovative, human-centered solutions. Together with her clients and teams, she reframes complex, systems challenges and develops strategies that are both meaningful and tangible.

Kate is passionate about creating design work that inspires wonder and builds human connections. Her work is informed by a passion for cultural trends, community, and storytelling—and expertise at the intersection of digital and physical space. Since joining IDEO in 2008, her work has included scaling low-cost education in Peru, designing new service models for retailers, building a movement around emergency preparedness, and designing networks of innovation hubs across the United States.