Kathi Harper, State Director Candidate (Two-year term 2020-2022)
Describe any previous Branch positions and years you served.
President, LAF VP, Public Policy Director Big Bear Branch 2006-2015; President, Public Policy Director Carlsbad-Oceanside-Vista Branch 2015-Present
Describe any AAUW California positions and years you served.
Board Director 2018-Present: Program Committee Chair 2018-2019, Public Policy Co-Chair 2019-Present
Talk about any AAUW California conventions you attended in the last five years.
I have attended every AAUW California convention in the last five years
Talk about any pertinent community activities or connections and their corresponding dates.
As Public Policy Chair for the COV branch, I have organized and participated in the Women’s March (2017, 18, 19); Equal Pay Day events at 2 college campuses (every April since 2015); GOTV events at 2 college campuses (2017)
Talk about any AAUW National conventions you have attended.
I attended the National Convention in San Diego in 2015, and the National Convention in Washington D.C. in 2017. The highlight of the D.C. convention was Lobby Day, in which I led our 49th District members in Congressional meetings
Describe any AAUW National positions and years you served.
Describe your employment/professional experience, including current employment.
I am a retired attorney. During my career, I was a Prosecutor in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for 23 years. After retirement, I became the CEO of a non-profit Domestic Violence Services agency for 10 years.
Are you available to visit branches statewide?
Describe any other special skills or experience.
My legal career has taught me critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Give your reasons for running for this office.
I have enjoyed the past year and a half I have served on the board. I feel I have had an impact on helping many branches increase their mission-based programs as Program Chair. In my short time as Public Policy Chair, I have started some new programs which are also having an impact on assisting branches who are struggling with getting members to engage in public policy work, and I would like the opportunity to continue that work.
75-word Goal Statement
I was appointed as Public Policy Chair in July 2019. My first task was to develop a network between members of the public policy committee and branch public policy chairs, to assess branch needs and determine ways in which the committee could assist them in increasing public policy work within their branches. My goal in seeking election to an additional 2-year term is to continue this important work.