Katherine Katcher

Founder & Executive Director

Oakland, California

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Katherine is an attorney and the Founder and Executive Director of Root & Rebound, which works to restore power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation–a model rooted in the needs and expertise of people who are directly impacted.

Katherine’s dedication to this work is rooted in her Jewish cultural upbringing and the moral teachings of her ancestors—in an understanding that when the Jewish community says, “Never Again,” it applies to all of the suffering in the world caused by state-based discrimination, racism, and oppression. In law school, Katherine became acutely aware of the ways that racism, discrimination, violence, and poverty in the United States come to a head in the criminal justice system. She became a passionate ally to those impacted by the system, as well as an advocate for reform in her own right—using her legal education as a tool that could serve others and catalyze change.

Katherine is a strong believer that the most powerful models of change include both immediate support to end suffering and increase equity and opportunity for people in need, and longer term work for policy and systems change. This idea is the core of and Root & Rebound’s model.

Since founding the organization in 2013, Katherine has facilitated R&R’s growth into an organization that is national in scope: with four California offices working in 5 regions of the state, an office in South Carolina, and national education and policy programs.

Katherine has 16 years of work in the nonprofit sector, with a broad range of roles and experiences, including teaching adult education, working with survivors of trauma and violence, and advocating in the criminal justice sector. 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, and UnCommon Law.

Katherine received her B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University, where she focused her research and studies on communities living in asylum and exile. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Katherine is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California.

In 2020, Katherine was nominated by Congresswoman Barbara Lee for the Angels in Adoption Award, a national award given by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, for her work on behalf of the most vulnerable children and families in Congresswoman Lee’s district–those people who are impacted by mass incarceration.

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.

Katherine Katcher

Founder & Executive Director

Oakland, California

Email Katherine

Katherine is an attorney and the Founder and Executive Director of Root & Rebound, which works to restore power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation–a model rooted in the needs and expertise of people who are directly impacted.

Katherine’s dedication to this work is rooted in her Jewish cultural upbringing and the moral teachings of her ancestors—in an understanding that when the Jewish community says, “Never Again,” it applies to all of the suffering in the world caused by state-based discrimination, racism, and oppression. In law school, Katherine became acutely aware of the ways that racism, discrimination, violence, and poverty in the United States come to a head in the criminal justice system. She became a passionate ally to those impacted by the system, as well as an advocate for reform in her own right—using her legal education as a tool that could serve others and catalyze change.

Katherine is a strong believer that the most powerful models of change include both immediate support to end suffering and increase equity and opportunity for people in need, and longer term work for policy and systems change. This idea is the core of and Root & Rebound’s model.

Since founding the organization in 2013, Katherine has facilitated R&R’s growth into an organization that is national in scope: with four California offices working in 5 regions of the state, an office in South Carolina, and national education and policy programs.

Katherine has 16 years of work in the nonprofit sector, with a broad range of roles and experiences, including teaching adult education, working with survivors of trauma and violence, and advocating in the criminal justice sector. 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, and UnCommon Law.

Katherine received her B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University, where she focused her research and studies on communities living in asylum and exile. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Katherine is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California.

In 2020, Katherine was nominated by Congresswoman Barbara Lee for the Angels in Adoption Award, a national award given by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, for her work on behalf of the most vulnerable children and families in Congresswoman Lee’s district–those people who are impacted by mass incarceration.

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.

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

I come to Root & Rebound every day because I believe that we are tackling one of the greatest human rights issues of our time. I believe that our mission and work at Root & Rebound–to restore power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation–are critical to creating a more fair and equitable world. I am inspired everyday to fight for justice.

 

LinkedIn Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-katcher-5910ba73/

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