Kathleen Falk

Credentials: Moderator, National & International Policy

Position title: Former Dane County Executive

Kathleen Falk, a graduate of Stanford University and the UW–Madison Law School, began her career as co-director of Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade. In that role, and then as the state’s public intervenor—an assistant attorney general in the Wisconsin Department of Justice—she won groundbreaking court cases and changed public policy. Falk was the first woman elected Dane County executive, serving from 1983 to 1997. In 2013, she also served as regional regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Great Lakes region. Falk now teaches the next generation of leaders, including at UW– Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.