Kathy Gillespie

(360) 901-6538



  • Vancouver School District Board Director (2009 – Dec. 2017).
  • Candidate for State Representative, WA Legislature,  18th LD (2016 & 2018) Position 2
  • Led $80K renovation of school courtyard at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA). Led $10K renovation of playgrounds at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary.
  • Led development of Roosevelt arts space working with school, district staff, community artists and local businesses to complete $7K project.
  • PTA President, Eleanor Roosevelt and VSAA.
  • Member of school committees formed to address budget shortfall, Parent Advisory Council for superintendent and site-based at VSAA, Roosevelt.
  • Active school volunteer, Lunch Buddy, mentor and committee member at all levels – school site, district and regional (2000-2016).
  • Participant in Design II: The Art of Imagination strategic-planning initiative study groups with a focus on family and community involvement (2007 – 2009).
  • Participant in three-year School Improvement Plan process at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary.

Communication and Collaboration

  • High-level of coordination and collaboration with VPS staff, local business community to complete projects at VSAA and Roosevelt.
  • 13-years of experience reporting, editing, managing staff for newspapers in Colorado, Arizona, California and Oregon

Advocacy and Innovation

  • Co-founder and parent advisor for Student Leadership Club (2005-2009) at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School.  A group consisting of 20 students, the school counselor and parent advisor.
  • Founder and coordinator of Eleanor Roosevelt CARES Community Action Team 2007. The group volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank.
  • Parent facilitator for Junior Achievement BizTown Curriculum and Community Simulation Project. (2009, 2010, 2011).
  • Mentored team of student reporters and collaborated with Lake Grove Elementary School to create a school newspaper in Lake Oswego.
  • Lunch Buddy at Roosevelt, Lincoln and McLoughlin (2006-2010).
  • Reading tutor Chinook, Roosevelt (2004-2009).
  • Mentor at Fort Vancouver High School for at-risk women.


  • Washington State School Directors’ Association honored the VPS Board of Directors as a Board of Distinction for 5 consecutive years, which earned the board a Special Merit Award in 2013. In 2010 and 2011, Vancouver’s board was WSSDA’s Board of the Year for twice receiving the highest score among the Boards of Distinction
  • National Magna Award winner 2017, 2015, 2014, 2011.
  • Two-time winner of the Roosevelt PTA Golden Acorn Award.
  • Winner of the 2009 Vancouver PTA Council Service Award for volunteer service to the district and students.
  • Award-winning journalist in Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon
  • High school state champion; college scholarship and Division I athlete

Community Service

  • VSAA Children’s Theatre Company volunteer and 9-year Day of Caring parent chaperone.
  • Oregon and Clark County food bank volunteer
  • Leadership Lake Oswego graduate
  • Four-time volunteer puppy-raiser with Canine Companions for Independence, CCI.
  • Long-time school volunteer, mentor, advocate
  • Ex-officio member Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools
  • Ex-officio member Citizens for Good Schools Committee

Professional Associations

  • AAUW – American Association of University Women
  • WPD – Washington’s Paramount Duty
  • WSSDA – Washington State School Directors Association (retired)
  • NSBA – National School Boards Association (retired)
  • WA State Progressive Caucus
  • HRoC PAC, Vancouver WA
  • Clark County Democrats
  • 18th Legislative District Democrats
  • Clark County Democratic Women


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – 1985

Colorado State University. Ft. Collins, CO


Cooking, athletics, family and travel
Vancouver resident since 1991