A champion for the community.
Kate is a health care advocate and a bi-partisan problem solver. A 5th generation Cincinnatian, a cancer survivor and a mom, she has spent her career lowering costs and improving health outcomes. She’s not running to push a partisan agenda or play party politics. She’s running to do what our elected officials are meant to do—to serve the people they represent, to set ego aside, and to focus on results. Kate’s running to put people over politics and to listen, collaborate, and work passionately on behalf of all people here at home.
Throughout her more than 15 years as a health care advocate, Kate has worked on behalf of others. She prioritizes what matters to all of us – seeing a doctor when we’re sick, providing our kids with a good education, and having jobs that allow us to take care of our families. Kate is focused on what we share and will work with our community so that we can do better for us all.
“This is about all of us, and how we can make Cincinnati better.”
Kate has been active in civic affairs since returning to Cincinnati in 2013. She most recently served as Vice President of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where she improved treatment rates for childhood illnesses in limited-resource countries. She was appointed to the Cincinnati Board of Health in 2016 and currently serves as the Finance Chair. In 2017, she was named a WCPO Next Nine honoree, distinguishing her as one of nine rising stars who are transforming the health care sector.
A Cincinnati Native with a History of Service
Kate is the second of four children raised in a 5th generation Cincinnati family. She grew up in Pleasant Ridge among a family of medical professionals who taught her that service to others is a core value.
Kate attended grade school at Nativity School and high school at Ursuline Academy, where she served as student body president. She pursued higher education at Indiana University, where she was student body treasurer. After graduation, she worked in legislative politics for three years—first for Senator Evan Bayh in D.C. and then for the Cincinnati City Council.
Seeing the opportunity to bring business solutions to the public sector, Kate received her MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. She used her degree to join the Advisory Board Company in D.C. as a health care researcher and consultant. She then relocated to Africa through the Clinton Health Access Initiative to serve as the Zambia Country Director for two years. During this time she launched programs in pediatric HIV, lab services, and human resources for health. Upon returning to the U.S., she has served in several leadership positions, managed global programs in children’s health, and published her results in academic journals.
Kate and her husband, John Juech, currently live in Clifton with their two children—a 6-year old daughter Josie and 4-year old son Peter.
The Importance of Health Care Hits Close to Home
Kate’s connection to the healthcare system is personal. In 2011, her life was transformed after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Through the treatment process, Kate discovered firsthand what’s broken within our current healthcare system and experienced how access to affordable, quality care can be the difference between life and death. While she is now cancer-free, she’s determined to create a future where everyone can receive the treatment they need without worrying about unmanageable costs. Kate was also very close to her father Dr. Lou Schroder, a renowned Cincinnati oncologist and active local leader, who passed away in 2017 at 69 after a three-month battle with glioblastoma.