Kate O’Bryant, Marketing Quality Assurance Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an adoptee and was born in Busan, South Korea. I’ve lived in Portland since I was a baby and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I love animals and traveling, and I used to be a home chef for working executives and have written two cookbooks. 

What do you do at Fuel, and what is the most valuable resource you provide to our members?

I was an account manager for several years at Fuel (supporting the Southwest region) before moving into an internal role working in quality assurance and processes. I provide support to our internal teams (web, digital, content, design, professional development, human resources, etc.) to ensure success to support our members.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

My day includes supporting our marketing quality assurance specialist, meeting with internal staff about various topics (programs, identifying efficiencies) and running Fuel’s email marketing campaigns. I also spend time planning events with our Fuel Fun Committee.

What is your professional background?

I started in administration at an advertising agency in Vancouver, Washington. From there, I transitioned into management and procurement for large events at a company based in Portland, mostly focusing on leadership retreats and global sales team meetings. After working in events, I landed at a consulting firm in energy efficiency on the marketing team—running creative team traffic and supporting client programs (utility consulting or direct consulting is a family trait—both my father and grandfather worked at Pacific Power and Light until retirement). It’s from there that I found Fuel and have been here ever since.

What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have a fun fact about yourself you’d like to share?

I enjoy spending time outdoors and observing wildlife in the Pacific Northwest, especially squirrels, birds and deer. I also like to go sailing with my parents. Flyfishing (catch and release for native species) in the Oregon rivers is another one of my hobbies. I love traveling to new places—and trying different soups around the world. Fun fact—I bought John Malkovich a coffee once (I think he should have paid).  

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