Meet the team: Welcome Kate Cain!

April 16, 2021

We're thrilled to add Kate Cain to Forerunner's engineering team. Learn more about her and gain some knowledge about coconuts below!

Hi Kate, tell us a little bit about yourself!

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I went to Florida State University and received my degree in Management Information Systems. I took computer science electives in college, and happened into a software engineering internship and loved it. I started out at JPMorgan and Chase in Tampa and eventually moved within the company to Chicago. After that, I joined a Chicago startup working on a research platform for investors.

What brought you to Forerunner?

After spending a few years in fintech I found myself wanting to apply everything I learned to something I was much more personally invested in. After seeing everything the team at Forerunner was working on and how communities can benefit from the technology, Forerunner seemed like an obvious choice for me.

What are you looking forward to learning at Forerunner?

I’m most looking forward to learning about how we can use technology to help communities prepare for and understand the various climate risks they face. It’s a completely different set of problems than I’ve seen before.

What do you do in your spare time? What's your favorite thing about it?

When the weather’s nice I’ve gotten into the habit of going on long walks. On weekend days and sometimes during the week I’ve managed to fit in 10-15 mile walks. It’s great because it gives me a lot of time to listen to podcasts, and it makes Chicago feel much smaller when you realize how much you can see in just a walk.

What's your favorite fun fact?

Coconuts are classified as a one-seeded dry drupe. But, could actually be classified as a fruit, nut, and a seed.

Reading or watching anything you'd recommend?

I’ve been watching Visible: Out On Television. It’s a history of the LGBTQ+ movement through the view of TV and media. It does a really good job of showcasing how early representations helped us make slow progress while acknowledging where representation failed LGBTQ+ BIPOC people.

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