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. 

Prior to law school, Katherine worked in the nonprofit sector in New York City, with a broad range of roles and experiences in international economic development, domestic violence advocacy, and adult education. In her time at Berkeley Law, Katherine focused on prisoner rights and reentry advocacy, working with 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. In 2013, Katherine co-founded the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, a Student-Initiated Legal Services Project, whereby Berkeley law students represent life-term prisoners in parole hearings, the first clinic of its kind at the law school. Katherine was also an active member of the Restorative Justice Committee, the California Asylum and Representation Clinic, and President of the Boalt Hall Women’s Association.

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

Cooking, writing, and yoga all used to be hobbies of Katherine's, but now that she has two kids her hobbies include pushing strollers up hills, playing dress up, and ALWAYS listening to kids' music in the car.

Contact me at kkatcher@rootandrebound.org