JPC Alumni Award

Past honorees include Natalie Lowman, communications director of ConocoPhillips Alaska, and David Jensen, owner of David Jensen Photography. The UAA Department of Journalism and Public Communications offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a social science general education requirement in media literacy.

Meet the 2022 Recipient of the JPC Alumni Award: Kate Consenstein

 Kate Consenstein

Kate graduated from the Journalism and Public Communications program at UAA in 2011. She went on to work for several years as a communications director and account manager for various businesses before launching her own company in 2014, Rising Tide Communications.

Rising Tide is a brand of its own. Kate ensures her employees are well taken care of with not just good pay, but with benefits such as unlimited sick leave, sabbaticals, three-month paid parental leave and a monthly allowance for health and wellness. Her philosophy of putting people first and having great work life balance for both staff and clients is second to none.

Kate also extends her empathy and problem solving skills in tangible ways by participating and sponsoring community events in all aspects. She serves on the board of the Alaska SeaLife Center, provides hundreds of hours of pro bono services yearly to nonprofit organizations, and donates her time and money to more nonprofits than can be counted. Her main passions are food security, promoting women in leadership, and inclusivity/LBGTQ+ rights, but she’s touched lives throughout the Alaska community.

Professionally she has been honored with accolades from many organizations, including most recently, the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil award in 2021 for the “Most Effective Campaign on a Shoestring Budget” for her work in saving the Alaska SeaLife Center when they shut down during the first year of the pandemic.