Unreasonable Mentors

Kate Coles

Partnerships Specialist

Kate is an Unreasonable Mentor. Kate was part of mentoring virtually in Fall 2020 Programs, and has advised over 64 Unreasonable companies.
Kate leads BSR’s (Business for Social Responsibility) global partnerships team, and oversees grant funded initiatives focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion, human rights, and supply chain issues. Kate is a member of the Advisory Board for DFID's Work and Opportunities for Women program.
Before joining BSR, Kate led the development team at an international human rights organization where she successfully built partnerships with a broad array of public and private donors and led significant growth in the organization’s resources. Previously, she held development roles within an INGO with programs to improve access to quality education for all globally, with a focus on corporate partnerships.
Kate holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a B.A. with Honors (first class) in International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington, specializing in the politics of development. She also holds a certificate in teaching English as a second language from Cambridge University. She speaks fluent English and French.