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Kathy Farmer

Director

Kathy joined the board in 2000 and has served on the Compensation and Benefits and Nominating Committees. Currently she is the VP of Global Benefits for Levi Strauss & Co.  Kathy has led HR transformation teams across a number of major US companies, including Transamerica, Wells Fargo and Hewlett-Packard gaining substantial experience in human resource, compensation, and benefit issues. In addition to her expertise in these areas, she is considered to be a leader in the field of Change Management and has a significant background in corporate communications, advertising and public relations. 

Kathy is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech and has degrees in Communications and Political Science.  Additionally, she is a graduate of Harvard University’s program in Strategic Change and Organizational Transformation. 
Kathy is passionate about making a difference for children and families. She is an active volunteer and support of Raphael House, a San Francisco based shelter with a unique approach to help at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence. She also supports an elementary school in rural India and has contributed countless volunteer hours to local California schools. 
 
When not working, Kathy enjoys exotic locales or tending her backyard garden. She also enjoys cooking and exploring on her bicycle.