Katie Oman, MA

MPhil, Public History and Cultural Heritage

Adjunct Faculty

Katie Oman CV (PDF)


Katie Oman is an expert in project planning for arts, culture, and heritage organizations and projects with over fifteen years’ experience in management, strategy, decision-making, and economic analysis for nonprofit- and public-sector clients across North America. Her approach combines deep technical expertise in the complexities of capital planning and development with a sensitivity to the unique needs, values, and aspirations of nonprofit cultural organizations, stakeholders, and their communities. She founded KO Projects with the objective of helping generate sustained public value for arts, culture, and heritage organizations and their communities.

She has a special expertise in sustainable development for arts, culture, and heritage using data-driven analysis and rigorous research to move towards new long-term approaches to creating and sustaining long-term cultural and community value. Her past clients include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the City of Seattle, Fort Worden Public Development Authority, the City of Vancouver B.C., Reed College, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the National Museum of Ireland.

Trained as an architect and set designer, Katie spent ten years as a project manager with Fisher Dachs Associates, a world-renowned theatre planning and design firm, followed by 2 years leading the west-coast practice of AMS Planning & Research, a national management consulting firm.

Katie has written and spoken widely on the topic of sustainability planning for cultural projects and organizations, including sessions at World Stage Design in Cardiff, Wales, the American Alliance of Museums annual meeting, Western Museums Association, and the National Association for Theatre Engineering and Architecture.

She holds a degree in Architecture from Princeton University, a Master’s in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College Dublin, and a graduate certificate in Construction Management from the University of Washington. She is a LEED-accredited professional, a certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and is a US Coast Guard licensed captain.