Kathleen grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from Bates College in 1997 with a Bachelors of Science and from Suffolk University Law School in 1991 with a Juris Doctor. She is a member of the bars of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As an attorney for the Boston office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi, Kathleen specialized in complex commercial litigation. Her first involvement in the nonprofit world was in 2006 as a Board member for an organization that supported disadvantaged children called Smiling Kids. In 2009, Kathleen began writing grants for Fitness Forward, a nonprofit focused on wellness programming in the Boston Public School system. Currently she works as a grant writer for Future Chefs, an organization that prepares interested urban teens with employment and educational opportunities in the restaurant industry. Kathleen currently coordinates the resource development program for Ansiya.