Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra

For continuously and rigorously championing the global nature of technical communication and for educating and encouraging others to embrace it.

Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra is an award-winning writer and consultant with a background in the life sciences and 23 years of experience in technical communication. She is principal for Comgenesis, LLC, which provides consulting services and training to clients on internationalizing and improving the usability of their documentation, developing a coherent documentation strategy and content model, as well as more traditional technical writing and editing services.

During her career, Kit has worked with technical experts worldwide to successfully develop information and training materials for global audiences, ranging from government agencies to technicians, physicians, and software end-users. Kit holds an MS in technical communication and a BS in biology, both from Colorado State University.

In addition to creating Web content, manuals, online help, and technical reports, Kit has designed internal software tools, designed and developed intranet websites, designed and conducted several surveys, and developed usability tests.

Kit has held STC positions ranging from Nominating Committee at both the chapter and international level, chapter president, and SIG manager to international publications competition chair and global strategies committee chair. She speaks at many conferences in the United States and internationally.

She works with the Localization Institute on a webinar series called Global-Ready Content. She coauthored (with Brenda Huettner and Char James-Tanny) Managing Virtual Teams: Getting the Most from Wikis, Blogs, and Other Collaborative Tools. In addition, she is the former editor of IEEE-PCS News and has been published in Multilingual, Intercom, and TC World.