Staff Biographies

Kathy Hall bio PictureKathy Hall- Equality for Women and Girls Program Director

Kathy currently serves as Director for the Equality for Women and Girls program at the Summit Foundation. The program supports the transformation of harmful, gender-based social norms so that girls and women from marginalized backgrounds are healthy, educated, empowered and able to reach their full potential. Most of the program’s current grants impact girls and women in the Mesoamerica region. A few focus on movement building in Latin America and global policy and resource mobilization. Since 2010, Kathy has overseen the program’s deeper investment in girls’ rights and participated in various multi-donor initiatives on ending child marriage, sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice, youth leadership development and Central America. Kathy recently completed six years on the board of Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE), two of those as co-chair. 

Before joining Summit, 
Kathy was Deputy Director of Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation, where she helped launch UNF’s Universal Access Project and expanded its work on adolescent girls, culminating in the Girl Up campaign. Prior to that, Kathy was Co-Executive Director of Just Detention International. She helped build and then directed the Global Legal Program of the Center for Reproductive Rights from 1996-2004, as the concept that “reproductive rights are human rights” became more firmly rooted in international human rights law. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee for seven years. Kathy is a graduate of Princeton University and received her JD from Columbia Law School. 

Kathy enjoys being active – these days mainly biking and yoga — and sharing her passions for travel, sports, the outdoors and social, racial and gender justice with her teenage son.