The People Behind The Project 


Reggie Rucker, CEO

Community Matchmaker

Reggie Rucker is a proud Modestan who has spent the past decade-plus finding ways to lift up the community which has brought him so much inspiration and opportunity since moving to the Central Valley as a 5th grader in 1992. From serving as Johansen High’s Student Body President to writing as a community columnist for The Modesto Bee his senior year in high school, Reggie was consistently made to feel like he had a valued voice in the community, and has taken seriously the responsibility to have an impact with the platforms he’s been provided.

After returning to Modesto with a business degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003, Reggie spent time in the world of education working as a substitute teacher and coaching girls’ basketball while pursuing a music career. Though the music business was ultimately not the industry that would lead to lasting success, it opened doors to him in the entertainment scene of Modesto that would lead to his role as an Entertainment Commissioner for the City of Modesto.

At the same time, Reggie was also able to finally put his marketing background to use professionally contracting with some of Modesto’s most prominent entertainment events and establishments managing social and other digital media campaigns. From the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge and X Fest Modesto to the Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and Modesto On Ice, Reggie has always found his greatest joy in working with organizations that create a sense of cultural relevancy in the community.

Over time, Reggie would develop a reputation as the go-to guy for social media and related digital services, and this provided him the opportunity to connect with key players all across this community who were in need of his expertise. From assisting local political and ballot measure campaigns to supporting non-profit boards and fundraisers, speaking at rotary events and being invited to participate in selective leadership programs, Reggie's access to community difference makers was ever increasing and so was his awareness of the changing role that was being created for him in the community. Engagement was no longer about being a better "corporate" citizen in the digital world. It was about being a more connected community in the real-world.

With this new calling and renewed sense of purpose, the social media / marketing / communications firm Engaged by Reggie Rucker gave way to The Engaged Project, creating spaces and opportunities for these connections to happen. Whether it's a company looking to connect a new employee to the community to decrease their flight risk, or an organization itself needing to connect more deeply to the community or a particular audience within, The Engaged Project serves to create for others the same joy, enthusiasm, passion, and success Reggie has found in this community by simply being engaged.

Reggie Rucker, Chief Engagement Officer

    Culture and Entertainment

    • Modesto Symphony Orchestra | Digital Media (2016 - Present)
    • Modesto On Ice | Community Engagement (2015 - Present)
    • Gallo Center for the Arts | Social Media (2013 - Present)
    • Oakdale Western Day | Marketing (2017)
    • X Fest Modesto | Community Engagement (2016 - 2017)
    • Riverbank Cheese & Wine Expo | Digital Media (2014 - 2017)
    • Modesto Fashion Week | Creator (2016)
    • Prospect Theatre Project | Digital Media (2015 - 2016)
    • City of Modesto Entertainment Commission | Commissioner (2009 - 2016), Chair (2014 - 2016)
    • Modesto Bearcats | Marketing and Community Engagement (2008-2009)

    Boards and Community

    Government and Politics

    • Stanislaus County Human Resources | Rebrand Consultant under Final Cut Media (2017 - 2018)
    • Homer Mejia for Modesto City Council | Campaign Manager (2017)
    • Adolfo Lopez for Modesto City Schools | Campaign Manager (2017)
    • Doug Ridenour for Modesto City Council | Social Media (2015)
    • Garrad Marsh for Modesto Mayor | Social Media (2015)
    • No On Modesto Ballot Measure I | Social Media (2015)

    Kate Trompetter, Collaborator

    Kate Trompetter, Collaborator


    Kate Trompetter is a consultant, facilitator and leadership coach.  In her work, she helps people and organizations increase their impact through meaningful, facilitated experiences and coaching.  

    Kate is a native of Modesto and a graduate of Johansen High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of California, Davis in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration at California State University, Stanislaus. She worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade and, in 2018, in an act of foolishness or bravery (depending on how you look at it), she started her own facilitation and coaching practice in an effort to increase her impact and experience as much joy as humanly possible.  

    Kate (and her Co-producers of Awesome, Ruhi and Tricia) bring the annual events Mod Shop and Porchfest to Modesto.  She is a founding member of Modesto's Breakfast Club and Café Guerbois.  She is a Connector, a Musician, and Cool City Enthusiast. Kate is married to Rock and Roll Drummer, David Rogers. Together they have daughter, Quinn, and Kate’s two “Bonus Kids", Seth and Zyan.