Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?   I come to Root & Rebound every day because I believe that we are involved in fighting the greatest human rights issue of our time in the United States--mass incarceration and criminalization, which have furthered a system that already marginalized black and brown communities and low-income people across the country from accessing opportunity. I believe that our work here, helping people navigate and overcome legal barriers that might otherwise throw them off their path to success, is a critical part of our societal duty to support people with records who have served their time and now want opportunity---to access employment, housing, education, and family reunification upon release. I come to work every day to be a part of a team that is building something better, something we are imagining and creating together.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I come to Root & Rebound every day because I believe that we are involved in fighting the greatest human rights issue of our time in the United States--mass incarceration and criminalization, which have furthered a system that already marginalized black and brown communities and low-income people across the country from accessing opportunity. I believe that our work here, helping people navigate and overcome legal barriers that might otherwise throw them off their path to success, is a critical part of our societal duty to support people with records who have served their time and now want opportunity---to access employment, housing, education, and family reunification upon release. I come to work every day to be a part of a team that is building something better, something we are imagining and creating together.

Katherine Katcher

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Katherine is the Founder and Executive Director of Root & Rebound.  She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. 

Katherine founded Root & Rebound in the Bay Area in 2013, which has grown to an organization with three California offices and national programs--with the vision of increasing access to justice and opportunity to people and communities most impacted by mass incarceration, so that the law serves, rather than harms them. 

Katherine has 10+ years of work in the nonprofit sector, with a broad range of roles and experiences, including teaching adult education ESOL and GED classes, advocating for clients fleeing from violence, and working on behalf of prisoners and clients who are incarcerated. In her time at Berkeley Law, Katherine worked at the Texas Defender Service, the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic, the Prison Law Office, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children in San Francisco, and UnCommon Law. Katherine also co-founded the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, a Student-Initiated Legal Services Project, in partnership with Uncommon Law, whereby law students represent life-term prisoners in parole hearings. 

Katherine received her B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University, where she focused her research and studies on asylum communities,  Katherine is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California.

When not working to further the mission and vision of Root & Rebound, Katherine loves spending time with her husband and two young children, preferably in the mountains or by the ocean. 

Contact me at kkatcher@rootandrebound.org