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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kathleen is the proud mother of two young children. A life-long activist, Kathleen began organizing as a student at SUNY Albany where she served as the President of the Albany State University Black Alliance, on the SUNY Student Assembly, and the United States Student Assembly fighting to keep SUNY affordable, and to make the PELL grant an entitlement. Kathleen successfully organized protests to change discriminatory practices of the Red Cross when they banned blood donations based on geography and cultural heritage. She also volunteered with NYPIRG to assist the residents of the capital region with well water and other initiatives.
Kathleen returned home to East Flatbush, where she began her career in marketing and communications, and transferred to New York University to pursue a degree in Organizational Behavior and Communications. For nearly two decades she enjoyed a successful career working for non-profit organizations including New York University, and Wyckoff Hospital.
Kathleen has always answered the call to serve. Having survived the World Trade Center bombing, she volunteered for the call center after the towers fell on 9/11, using her foreign language skills in French, Spanish and Haitian Kreyol to assist the families of her former co-workers at Windows on the World.
An active member of her community, Kathleen has worked with Make the Road NY and is a member of New York Communities for Change on initiatives including Build NYC, Fast Food Forward, tenant’s rights and car wash workers’ rights. She also served as a member of Brooklyn Movement Center and as an organizer for the New York Civic Engagement Table (NYCET) to recruit and facilitate trainings resulting in nearly 100 people being arrested in a successful protest for education initiatives and funding in Albany.
As a parent, Kathleen served as the DAPC Chair of Head Start, President of the PTA and later, served on the Community Education Council in District 16 for several years including serving as the president. She is currently an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the advisory board of 500 Men Making a Difference, as well as the boards of Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Weeksville Heritage Center and Bethesda Community Services. Kathleen is a co-founder of Pearls for Her, an organization for women, and Parents for Peace.
Kathleen is currently the Director of Outreach in the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams where she continues to merge her marketing and organizing experience to positively impact the lives of the 2.6 million residents of the greatest borough in New York City.