Katie Newcomb

Communications Director



Office Location

1042 Medical Sciences Center

Katie Newcomb is the communications director for the Global Health Institute (GHI) where she is leading efforts to raise GHI’s visibility, as well as provide creative & consultation services for effective exchanges of information between GHI, UW-Madison, and their many stakeholders.

Prior to joining GHI, Katie was president of the Jefferson County Area Tourism Council and tourism & communications director for the Village of Johnson Creek. Katie has been in public relations and marketing for over 25 years and worked with some of Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern California’s most sought after organizations such as the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, and the Sonoma County Museum. Her agency work also afforded her the opportunity to work with an array of clients including the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Ascension, Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Butler Gum, and many more. Growing up in a family devoted to public service, Katie is happy to be part of a team that embodies the Wisconsin Idea.

Katie is also an author, having penned the children’s book, Balthazar the Pink, with her two sons. She is a graduate of Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and currently serves on the board of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation. She is big on partnerships and brainstorming and looks forward to promoting great news, innovations, and partnerships with GHI.