Kathy Leonardson

1st Vice President| kleonardson@lwvma.org | Local League: Marblehead

Kathy has been a member of the Marblehead League of Women Voters since 1995, serving as co-president, newsletter editor, publicity chair, and on voter service.  At the state League level, she was co-chair of the Fiscal Policy Update Study (2005-08) and a member of the State Study Committee on Special Education (1998-2000).  Kathy served on the Town of Marblehead’s 350th Anniversary Committee (1998-99), Finance Committee (2005-10), and School Committee (2010-2016), as Chair (2013-16).  She participated in the Commonwealth Legislative Seminar at the State House (2006) and she currently serves as Vice President on the Board of ‘Anchor to Windward,’ a local non-profit providing social programs for developmentally disabled adults.  Kathy was trained as a cell and molecular biologist and appreciates data-informed approaches to problem solving and the value of citizen education, both hallmarks of the League.  Within her own League, she has fostered an ongoing gun safety group that evolved from a campaign finance study.  Members have researched and discussed gun laws, public health, the NRA, suicide, and cultural change.  Her current concern and focus is how to heal our democracy and ourselves.  Kathy resides in Marblehead with her husband, recently retired, and she enjoys nature, gardening, and her granddaughter.