About

Gradient Planning is a change management and risk engineering consultancy.  Gradient Planning is founded and led by Kate Novick, professional engineer in environmental engineering and certified safety professional, with over 20 years of experience providing a vision of emergency preparedness to multiple industries and government agencies to respond to the needs of our time.

Increasing episodes of extreme weather, technological failures, and human-caused threats make it more difficult for utilities and other organizations to serve customers and communities.  Maintaining service may be impossible at times due to budget cuts, aging infrastructure, and systems not designed for current and changing conditions.

Gradient Planning provides insightful problem solving using innovative strategies with proven experience, excellence, and above all, integrity.  Gradient Planning trains and empowers leaders and future leaders to be effective in making changes that will cause more resilient systems that better serve current and future generations.

Gradient Planning has collaborated with hundreds of clients to plan and protect critical resources, manage change, perform during a crisis, and to recover with strength.  Resources, ways we connect with each other, and the environment continue to change, so our work is always evolving.

Kate Novick, P.E., C.S.P.
Managing Director, Gradient Planning, Connecticut

Kate Novick, P.E., C.S.P, Managing Director, Gradient Planning, Connecticut

Kate Novick is Managing Director and founder of Gradient Planning LLC, a consultancy that helps manage risk and safeguard life safety, critical resources, reputation, and operations from natural disasters, technological crises, and human-caused threats. She is a professional engineer in environmental engineering and a board certified safety professional and has dedicated her life’s work to helping clients protect their mission during emergencies by shifting organizational culture to energize practices that develop readiness, strength, and resilience.

She is a water and wastewater industry leader in emergency management practices and co-led the creation of the 2011/2012 Water Research Foundation’s Business Continuity Toolbox for Water and Wastewater Systems. She served on the AWWA M19 Emergency Planning for Water Utilities Manual Committee and was featured as an expert on the AWWA Emergency Preparedness Response for Water Utilities DVD released in July 2018.

Her expert service over the past 20 years has been applied in many industries including federal, state, and local government organizations like the National Park Services and U.S. Navy; state and regional public health organizations; local towns and cities, critical infrastructure, and non-profits.

Learn more about Kate and her experience.

Gradient Planning CertificationsWoman Business Enterprise Certification

State of Connecticut Corporation, USA
Certified Small/Minority Business Enterprise with State of CT Supplier Diversity Program
Certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) with the National Woman Business Owners Corporation