Architect, KZF Design
Mary Kate (MK) Genis is an architect and design strategist who is driven to collaborate with the people in her community to work toward equitability and collective growth. MK was born and raised in Cincinnati and received both Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. During her time in the University of Cincinnat’s co-op program, she lived in New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C., then settled in Cincinnati following graduation in 2015. Since then, Mary Kate has been employed at KZF Design where she has worked with a variety of organizations like Avon, Towne Properties and the University of Cincinnati to build expressive and well-functioning spaces through analysis, listening, creative problem solving and adaptable leadership. Outside of her work as an architect, MK is always looking for new ways to learn and connect with her community through freelance design projects, volunteering at local events, like the Blink Light Art Festival and involvement with local creative and civic organizations. Since 2016, she has been a DesignLab volunteer and committee member for the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati. For this program, MK works with a middle school class over five months to design an architectural project and build a model of their design. She is also a volunteer and planning committee member for the CET Action Auction and on the Board of Directors for the Midwest chapter of the Congress of New Urbanism. In 2018, Mary Kate was nominated to be the Vice President of Fund Development on the Board of the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and has served in that position since. In her role as VP of Fund Development, MK has successfully chaired the planning of two large fundraisers, conducted bi-annual fundraising letter campaigns, applied for and received multiple grants and assisted in the management of marketing and social media – all with support of mentorship and a strong organizational structure. This work earned her the 2019 Belle Coit Rising Star Award from the League of Women Voters Ohio. Through the League, MK has been passionately dedicated to providing easy access to local, nonpartisan election information, assisting with programming to encourage active and informed participation in government and advocating for the protection and strengthening of voting rights.