Friday, January 2, 2015
Board Member Spotlight: Catherine Hood
Born and raised in Chicago, Catherine J. Hood has always served her communities with compassion, a warm smile and a keen mind focused on addressing important issues. Her career started when she was honored by Mayor of Glendale Heights, Illinois with the Livingston Human Relations award for her demonstration of leadership within that community. This served her well throughout her studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude from DeVry University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. Catherine served as the President of the Dean's Council at DeVry where she worked closely with the Student Affairs Specialist in two campus locations in creating and managing events such as partnering up with many local nonprofit organizations who offered students opportunities for volunteer work as well as future employment. She then set her sights on healthcare advocacy at a non-profit organization called Apostolic Youth and Family Services, a company that seeks to provide Medicaid services to those in need in the Gary, Indiana community.
Catherine moved to Los Angeles where she is currently obtaining her Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University- LA. This past spring Catherine had the opportunity to participate in a Pat Brown Institute Civic University event where she advocated on behalf of enhancing awareness in the need for affordable housing and fair financing to Mayor Garcetti who is now working to pass SB391, California Homes and Jobs Act.