Kathy Sessions is Director of the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN). In 1999 Kathy helped funders create HEFN, and she has worked to build the network and environmental health & justice philanthropy ever since. Kathy’s HEFN work began at its first sponsor, the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, where for two years she jointly staffed HEFN and the Climate & Energy Funders. Since 2010 she has served as one of two Directors of HEFN operating as a joint plan of work with Virginia Organizing.
Kathy has written numerous publications on environmental health and justice philanthropy, most recently co-authoring “Achieving a Climate for Health: Philanthropy to Promote Health and Justice through the Challenges of Climate Change,” a 2015 briefing paper released by HEFN and ecoAmerica. Kathy represents HEFN on the National Environmental Health Partnership Council. She previously served on the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council and as a trustee of the Barbara Smith Fund. Kathy holds an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and an A.B., magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard.