Katherine Katcher

Founder, Root & Rebound

Katherine is the Founder of Root & Rebound, and served as Founding Executive Director for its first eight years, from 2013-2021. In that time, Katherine led R&R’s growth into a national organization with five regional California offices, two regional offices in South Carolina, and national education and policy programs.

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. 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 at the core of Root & Rebound’s model.

Katherine received her B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University and 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 awarded by Congresswoman Barbara Lee the Angels in Adoption Award, for her work at R&R on behalf of the most vulnerable children and families in Congresswoman Lee’s district–those people who are impacted by mass incarceration.

In addition to serving on the R&R Board, Katherine is on the Board of Trustees for the California Wellness Foundation, whose mission is to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.

Katherine Katcher

Founder, Root & Rebound

Katherine is the Founder of Root & Rebound, and served as Founding Executive Director for its first eight years, from 2013-2021. In that time, Katherine led R&R’s growth into a national organization with five regional California offices, two regional offices in South Carolina, and national education and policy programs.

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. 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 at the core of Root & Rebound’s model.

Katherine received her B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University and 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 awarded by Congresswoman Barbara Lee the Angels in Adoption Award, for her work at R&R on behalf of the most vulnerable children and families in Congresswoman Lee’s district–those people who are impacted by mass incarceration.

In addition to serving on the R&R Board, Katherine is on the Board of Trustees for the California Wellness Foundation, whose mission is to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.

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