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Kathy Koo


Kathy Koo is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at MedicAlert Foundation, a nonprofit that created the original medical ID bracelet in 1956, and since then has been the leader in providing safety and peace of mind for people living with chronic medical conditions. For the last 20 years, she has held leadership positions as CEO and/or CFO at both for profit and nonprofit organizations. Kathy recently served as the Executive Director of Challenge Success, a nonprofit focused on research-based strategies supporting student well-being and academic engagement.

Prior to that, she was Head of School at Peninsula School, a progressive PreK-8th school founded on principles of joyful learning, freedom and choice, and social equity and justice. Kathy also served as founding CFO at GEM Services leading up to its public offering in Taiwan. Before that, she held key finance and operations roles in Investment Banking and Management Consulting. She began her career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen where she attained her CPA.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego and a Public Management Certificate and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kathy has always been an advocate and mentor for women in leadership, and was drawn to the Women’s Coaching Alliance (WCA) for its clear mission to develop and mentor young female coaches and prepare them to be confident and valued leaders within and outside of sports. It is clear that women remain woefully under-represented in sports leadership as well as in leadership roles quite generally, and she believes WCA is up for the challenge and positioned to make a difference.

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