Kate Smalkin

Associate Partner

Kate Smalkin

Associate Partner

Kate comes to Arete partners with particular expertise in building world-class HR functions for VC-backed growth companies. After receiving her M.A. from Yale, Kate’s first industry experience was working in the hotel, restaurant, and catering sector in Brussels, Belgium for renowned restaurateur Frederic Nicolay. As Nicolay’s right-hand woman, Kate was responsible for real estate portfolio management, construction project oversight, and new restaurant launches. Upon her return to the United States, Kate joined HR executive search firm Frederickson Partners where she was tasked with building the business development function. Over a three-year period, she rose to become Director of Sales and Executive Search, placing strategic HR and Talent leaders at companies to include Marqeta, ConsenSys, Memphis Meats, Interana, RMS, eHealth, and more. She also owned Frederickson’s Consulting and Contracting practice. Kate has a strong passion for all things Talent and is Arete’s resident expert.

Kate lives in San Mateo with her four young boys. On the weekends, she spends her time shuttling her boys to soccer practices, choir rehearsals, and gymnastics classes. Fitness is her number one passion, with Belgian beer following as a close second.