Kathleen’s advocacy for children, youth and their families has spanned over 20 years and she brings a deep understanding of nonprofit management and philanthropy to her work at San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. In her current work, she partners with donors to bring essential educational programs and services to 40,000 students who aspire to earn a college degree. Throughout her career, Kathleen has successfully lobbied for affordable housing, increases in school funding, and improved outcomes for low-income students. Early in her career Kathleen was appointed to the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Children Youth and Their Families and later served as program director at Marin Community Foundation where she led its strategic initiatives for affordable housing and ending the cycle of poverty. More recently she served as the Executive Director of Redwood City Education Foundation. Her interest in volunteer service began in Japan where she attended high school. Now a resident of Oakland, Kathleen has served on the boards of Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy, the Marin Workforce Housing Trust, and is currently President of the Board of Directors for the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund in Richmond.