About Kate

Kate ColinKate Colin was unanimously appointed to the San Rafael City Council in January 2013 and was the top vote-getter in the November 2013 election.  She has lived in the Sun Valley neighborhood since 1996 with her husband Jeff and teenagers Jessie and Jared.  They moved to San Rafael for its diversity of people, wonderful neighborhoods and beautiful open space.

Kate was a San Rafael Planning Commissioner for nearly 8 years and she brings her land use background and long civic involvement to the Council.  Her City involvements include participating on the Citizen Advisory Committee to Redevelopment (1999-2004), Critical Facilities Stakeholder Committee (2004-2005), co-chairing the General Plan 2020 Steering Committee (2002-2003), co-chairing San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan (2008-2009) and, most recently before her appointment, participation on the City’s Homeless Stakeholder Committee (2012).

In addition to her extensive civic commitment, she has spent an equal amount volunteering for organizations in which her children were involved.  She was a Girl Scout leader for 6 years, soccer coach for 3 years, served as a Board member for Family Service Agency, participated in improving Rodef Sholom’s religious school and served as President and Board member of National Charity League’s San Rafael Mission Belles chapter – a mother and daughter organization which provides hands on volunteering to local organizations.

Kate’s primary goals include maintaining a strong economic base in order to provide high quality public safety services as well as a solid infrastructure. She believes the underpinnings of local government require a strong financial position that necessitates focusing on both short-term budget issues as well as planning for long-range commitments.  She believes strongly in planning for climate change.  Kate recognizes the diverse population of San Rafael and the importance of ensuring that all neighborhoods are represented and their voices heard.  In order to find solutions that are sustainable, she believes in collaboration and partnership with local residents, businesses and neighborhoods.

Kate has a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from Dartmouth College. She is a life-long athlete who runs, bikes, swims, plays soccer and practices yoga. She also enjoys hiking with her family and growing vegetables in her garden.