Community-Minded Culture & Arts Organizer, Curator, Manager & Producer
2018 Speaker

 San Francisco, California

Kate Lesta was brought up around art, theatre and non-traditional education. Raised in both Boulder, Colorado, and Ibiza, Spain, she followed her natural inclination towards creating intercultural expressions to build new platforms. The artist cooperative that she began at age 16 later evolved into event production work devoted to the intersection of digital technology, electronic music, immersive experience and progressive mediums. She has executed hundreds of successful events, both large scale and local/private, over the course of the last 15 years.

The Communikey Festival, which Lesta founded and directed, lead her to involvement with festival networks that span the globe. These include Decibel Festival, MUTEK Montreal, Club Transmediale Berlin, Unsound Krakow, and the I.C.A.S. Network, to name a few. With a unique understanding of diplomacy, the music industry and curation, Lesta continues to facilitate sustainable systems, safe spaces and interpersonal growth via community connectedness. She is well-versed in talent buying, budgeting, building code and compliance, US immigration bureaucracy and pre-/post-production. 

In short, Kate Lesta is an unrivaled talent when it comes to organizing and producing almost any medium or audience. Whoever gets to work with her usually considers themselves lucky.