Kathleen Cha has served public, private and nonprofit sectors for more than thirty years as a Strategic Communications professional, facilitating community outreach, media and governmental affairs, and crisis communications regarding community issues, public safety, housing/land use, and global women’s leadership.
Retired from government/agency work in 2014, she has committed to public service in nonprofit/civil society. In her commitment to equity and community building, she has been an AAUW advocate leader since 1988 serving as AAUW California President and AAUW Director on national Board for 6 years, a Branch member leader for AAUW Orange, AAUW San Francisco and AAUW Oakland Piedmont (a member since 2000).
Since public policy is part of her DNA, she considers serving as Public Policy Vice President a delight and privilege, and a great way to share with AAUW branch members the resources and ways to make equity and education work in our community.
As this word warrior, she is currently League of Women Voters Bay Area Vice President and a community appointee to the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Planning Committee (RPC) providing policy on land use, housing, environment for the 101 cities and 9 counties. This commitment includes serving as Vice Chair of A Safe Place providing comprehensive services to families suffering abuse and violence.
As board member and past co-chair of Women’s Intercultural Network (Win) helping lead Cities for CEDAW campaign, she was awarded a 2016 Circle of Courage Award for her international leadership support efforts. She has served the past seven years an NGO (non-governmental organization-Civil Society) delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, facilitating and presenting workshop sessions on social protections and infrastructure, media and technology, and violence against women.
She is an author, documentarian, and playwright from Big Foot, Little Foot and the Trouble with Dragons to Speaking a Woman’s Life. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University, and received Master’s Degree in English/Literary Analysis and doctoral work in 18th Century and Rhetoric from Marquette University.