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Kathie Tovo, Council Member Place 3

Office Term: June 15, 2011 - June 15, 2014

Council Member Kathie Tovo

Kathie Tovo was elected to the Austin City Council on June 18, 2011. Prior to taking office, she taught writing and interdisciplinary studies at the college level and worked at Humanities Texas, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. with honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As former president of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association and vice president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council, Tovo has a long history of neighborhood advocacy and served on many city and school district boards and task forces, including the Planning Commission, the CreateAustin task force, the Families and Children Task Force, and AISD’s Community Committee on Neighborhoods and Schools.

Her Council service includes appointments to the Audit and Finance Subcommittee; the Minority and Women Business Enterprise and Small Business Council Subcommittee; the Economic Incentives Work Group; the Joint Subcommittee of the City of Austin, AISD, and Travis County; Community Action Network; the Capital Area Council of Governments; and the Police Retirement Board; and she participates in the Psychiatric Stakeholders Committee.

She also serves on the programs advisory board of Camp Fire USA: Balcones Council and enjoys participating in the Austin chapter of Families with Children from China.
Tovo is a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and the Reconciling Ministries Network, which is an organization working for full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Methodist Church. She is married to Tom Hurt, founder and principal of Hurt Partners Architects, and they live with their five- and six-year-old daughters in a 100-year-old house just  north of UT.