Staff Biographies

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

Kathy serves as Director for the Summit Foundation’s Equality for Women and Girls program. The program focuses on empowering girls and women by transforming their social, reproductive and economic lives. Most of the program’s current grants are in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Since 2010, Kathy has overseen the program’s deeper investment in girls’ rights, participated in various multi-donor initiatives on child marriage and youth leadership development, transitioned Summit’s 10+-year investment in the GOJoven program to four local, youth-led NGOs, and launched the Central America and Mexico Youth (CAMY) Fund. Kathy serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE) and is the immediate past co-chair.

Kathy has been a lawyer, advocate, adviser and grant-maker for women’s rights, particularly sexual and reproductive health and rights, for over two decades. Prior to Summit, she was Deputy Director of Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation, where she helped launch UNF’s Universal Access Project and deepened its work on adolescent girls, culminating in the Girl Up campaign. She also served as Co-Executive Director of Just Detention International. Prior to that, she helped build and then directed the Global Legal Program of the Center for Reproductive Rights. Kathy worked briefly in private legal practice and was a federal judicial law clerk. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School.

Kathy enjoys staying active – these days mainly biking and yoga — and is working hard to pass along her passions for travel, sports, the outdoors and feminism to her teenage son.