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S. Kathryn Allen has lived and worked in the District of Columbia for 29 years. She has spent much of her adult life as a public servant. She graduated from Smith College and completed her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and later in Mayor Anthony Williams’ administration as the first African American female Banking Commissioner in the country.

Kathryn’s passion for public service was heavily influenced by her parents who were immigrants from Cuba and Jamaica. Kathryn is one of eight children. Her parents, who were civic leaders in Fayetteville, NC, instilled in her an ethic of hard work and principles of community service.