Native to and back home in the San Francisco East Bay, Cathy is an independent critical researcher writing and speaking about power, culture, and change. Formerly Private Principle Investigator for The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies, she currently acts as Educational Content Director & Developer for The Relational Democracy Project (currently under reconstruction).

As a graduate student at Southern Illinois University, Cathy arranged for the first publication of and acted as editor for Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research, which continues to lead as a forum for high quality graduate student scholarship. As a new faculty member at Saint Mary’s College of California, she established and directed a nationally award-winning forensics program. Her popular critical scholarship is published in various books and journals, and she is a San Francisco Commonwealth Club speaker alum. Cathy currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies and Kaleidoscope.

Cathy can’t live her life without access to trees (@just.trees.yo ) and beautiful trails (@a.tree.and.a.turn @ebrpd). She hikes solo (#30trails30days), and while she’s gone, Sparkles the cat holds down the fort. (@lilfam.one). Proudly a San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Saint 🏳️‍🌈. Available to consult; reach out on LinkedIn.