Katie proudly served the citizens of Kansas for nearly 18 years with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI). Most recently, she served as the Executive Officer to the Director of the KBI and managed the Office of Governmental Affairs. In that capacity, she served as the principal advisor to KBI Executive Staff with respect to legislative affairs and policy matters. Katie has earned an esteemed reputation among legislators, state government officials, and fellow lobbyists for her focus and determination in critically thinking and collaborating to find solutions to complex challenges.
While serving as the Executive Officer, Katie also oversaw statewide special projects - most notably the Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. Under her leadership, Kansas has been cited by national leaders as “a model for statewide reform”. After a distinguished career in public service, she started Katie Whisman Consulting, LLC to help guide jurisdictions across the country in reforming their responses to crimes of sexual violence through collaboration with multidisciplinary partners.
Katie is a Certified Public Manager who is skilled at change leadership, systemic integration, leading people, and managing work while upholding the highest standards of personal and professional integrity.
Katie was born and raised in northeast Kansas, graduated with honors from Washburn University, and is a proud alumni of the distinguished Leadership Kansas program. A lifelong Kansan and avid outdoorswoman, she currently lives in Topeka with her two daughters. They enjoy traversing the state and camping in their free time.