About Katy

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with my family to several East Coast states while my dad-an early designer of computer software-contracted with various companies. After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art, I started working in the accounting field. In 1992, I was offered a wonderful job opportunity in San Francisco with The Shanti Project, a non-profit agency that provides support services to people with terminal illnesses, and moved to California where also I met my husband, Jeff Kingman.

Jeff and I moved to Vallejo in 2000, and we immediately became involved in the community. An artist by training, I helped organize the 2001 Vallejo Open Studios. I also assisted the Vallejo Artists Guild to reestablish its non-profit status. In 2002, after working to defeat the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas plant, I turned my attention to local politics. As a financial expert, I started pouring over city finances and in 2003, warned the City Council that if they approved the employee contracts that were before them, Vallejo would be facing budget deficits of more than $10 million in the very near future.

I will bring a wide-range of experience to the Vallejo City Council. With more than 20 years of non-profit finance management, I know how to balance a budget that ensures effective services for those with the greatest need. A 14-year employee at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) and Budget Director from 1999-2006, I oversaw the expansion of SFAF's programs into the global HIV/AIDS community, managing budgets for the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, SFAF's global affiliate, including budgets related to the construction of the Infections Diseases Institute at Makerere University in Uganda. I also traveled to Kigali, Rwanda as part of a Clinton Foundation team to help define HIV/AIDS services in Rwanda, as well as development of several pilot HIV treatment and care facilities in the capital city of Kigali. I was also the Accounting Manager for The Kidney TRUST, assisting them with their start-up as a new organization and building their premier Financial Assistance Program that helps Chronic Kidney Disease patients with health care costs.

In addition to currently working in Grants Management at the U.S. Forest Service on Mare Island, I am also a Director of the Solano County Solano County Fair Association, the Vice President of the Vallejo Heights Neighborhood Association, a Steering Committee Member for Participatory Budgeting Vallejo and a founding member of Better Vallejo. I also served on the board of the local Sierra Club chapter, the Mira Theatre Guild and Vallejo's former Downtown Advisory Group, and Co-Chaired the Vallejo Waterfront Coalition (VWC). I have written numerous articles about Vallejo's financial situation for the all-volunteer Vallejo Independent Bulletin.

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts.