Meet the Team
We're a small core team, but we pack a pretty big punch. One client calls us, "the little company that could." We love it. In addition to our group of four (we've grown since this picture was taken!), we work with a bunch of really great freelancers and other creative shops on a regular basis. You can read more about each of us, and some of the folks we partner with, below.
KAT DIGGS. Production director.
Kat not only wants to make the world a better place, she’s making it happen one project at a time! Her dedication to helping others, making an impact in her community and furthering the missions of incredible organizations makes her one of the best in the business.
Logistics and operations are Kat’s specialty and that expertise, along with her attention to detail, ensure that all of her events and projects go smoothly from concept to completion. In her 15 years of experience supporting organizations like the University of Oklahoma, Big 12, NCAA, Irving-Las Colinas Greater Chamber of Commerce, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kat has never met a problem she couldn’t solve; especially when coupled with her positive attitude and ever-present smile.
Wife to Brian and mother to Onabella & Lola, Kat is active as a PTA Vice President and also serves as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Melissa Wolf. Operations Director.
Melissa has a professional background across varied industries that have all come together to make her an experienced organizer/bossy pants. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in advertising, she began work as a catering director facilitating both large and small events in and around the Austin area. Following that, she worked as an account executive for a local television station flexing her advertising skills and eventually connecting with her next path of managing a small, startup medical practice. Subsequently, combining her newly acquired medical knowledge with her management skills, she moved into the non-profit health sector working for both the LIVESTRONG Foundation and The United Way in management roles.
As Operations Director, her goal with Public City is to make the day to day business run smoothly for both the team and our clients. Melissa to is also a partner to Doug, parent to Sonny and Amelia, and a registered yoga teacher.
Meredith Powell. Co-Founder, Partner.
This is Meredith. She's passionate about people and about community. She's fascinated by the rapid urbanization of our cities and has spent her career working to enhance cultural vibrancy through art and experiences in the urban environment.
Before founding Public City, Meredith led Art Alliance Austin in launching award-winning programs and initiatives, including large-scale multi-site cultural events, temporary public art and design projects, and culture-led economic and community development strategies. With serious results. To the tune of nearly $10 million in direct economic impact to the City of Austin and over $500,000 in direct investment into the creative community through artist fees, awards, and institutional support.
As an artistic director, Meredith has collaborated with and commissioned acclaimed Austin-based and international curators, artists, and designers, earning numerous awards and recognition for artistic excellence.
She's rooted in a deep understanding of the direct relationship between a vibrant creative community and quality of place. And she's excited about the future.
Sharon Lyle. Co-Founder, Partner.
Sharon likes to build things. She's a INFP (although the "I" is questionable). She loves playing professional matchmaker and bringing together interesting people and ideas, which is reflected in the work she does building programs and speaker series.
Before she and Meredith decided to spend their time working on Public City, Sharon was the Founding Director of TEDxSMU, one of the very early TEDx events, and TEDxKIds @SMU, the first-ever TEDx event for kids.
She also has a background in marketing (branding, experiential, public relations, community outreach) and fundraising.
Her first job out of college was for a PreK-8th grade boys' school that had the best motto ever: Be Honest. Be Kind. Be the Best You Can Be. While that job now feels like it was lightyears ago, she keeps that motto front and center in her work.