Kathleen Reich joined the Packard Foundation in 2001. She is a program officer in the Children, Families, and Communities Program. Her grantmaking portfolio focuses on advancing the Foundation's goal of ensuring access to high-quality preschool for every 3- and 4-year old in California, through grants to support advocacy and policy development. Her portfolio also includes grantmaking on federal preschool and federal fiscal policy issues. Kathleen served as policy analyst/editor for The Future of Children journal at the Foundation prior to taking on the program officer position.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Kathleen was policy director at the Social Policy Action Network in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization that developed policies to benefit low-income families. She previously served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, focusing on welfare, children's, and environmental issues. She also worked for Senator Feinstein in San Francisco and served as a policy advisor to then Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis.
She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a master's degree from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of numerous articles and reports on issues related to child well-being.