Profiles In Leadership: Kathryn Starkey

Jan 27, 2020
Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey has worked tirelessly for decades to support the economic development, education, and beautification of Pasco County and the Tampa Bay Area.

Her education and training came from study at the University of Madrid and Florida State University; from working in Marketing, Interior Design, and Public Relations in the private sector; and from participation in Leadership Tampa Bay since 2001.

Her record of service and accomplishment is so impressive, we just have to share it, but we can't really begin to capture all she's done on this page.  We're grateful for her enormous sacrifices of time and effort, and we are inspired to do more to uplift and strengthen our community.

Kathryn has unstintingly devoted herself to organizations and causes that benefit the people of Pasco County and Tampa Bay:

All Children’s Hospital – Board of Directors (2012-2015)
All Children’s Hospital Guild of New Port Richey - Founding Member & Past President (1993-2010)
Celebration Pasco – Founder & Executive Board Member
Central Florida Chamber of Commerce
Citizens for Scenic Florida - Executive Board Member
Citizens for Scenic Pasco - Founder
Community Water Leadership Program, University of South Florida 2003
Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) Task Force for Education Innovation – Chair (2007-2008)
Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Pasco - Class of 2000 - Vice President & Board Member (2000-2002)
Leadership Tampa Bay - Class of 2002
North Tampa Chamber of Commerce (formerly Trinity Odessa/Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce)
One Bay 2007
Pasco 2100 - Co-Founder
Pepin Academies Pasco - Board Member (2012-2016)
Red Cross of Tampa Bay - Board of Directors (2006-2012)
Suncoast Corridor Advocacy Group for Scenic Highway Designation - Vice Chair
Wachovia Community Bank - Advisory Board Member (2006 to 2010)
West Pasco Chamber of Commerce
West Pasco Family YMCA Sustaining Campaign/Adopt a Child - 1997
Youth Soccer Coach (2004-2006)
Cheerleading Coach – Pop Warner League  
East Lake Little League - Board of Directors (1996-1997)

Kathryn is currently active in many organizations that promote the economic development of our community:

AmSkills - American Manufacturing Skills Initiative - Co-Founder
Gulf Coast Consortium Committee
FAC (Florida Association of Counties)
  • Federal Committee – Vice Chair
  • Board of Directors – District 20 Representative (2018 to 2020)
Pasco Commission on Status of Women
NACO (National Association of County Officials)
  • Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee/Workforce Development Subcommittee – Vice Chair
  • International Economic Task Force Committee – Chair
  • Pasco Economic Development Council
  • International Committee - Founder and Chair
  • Talent Pipeline Task Force
Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board
RESTORE Act Advisory Committee
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Tampa Bay Partnership
Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade (TBOWIT)
Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC)

Her previous contributions to numerous private organizations and government policy positions are also remarkable:

Career Technical Education Foundation (2008-2012)
Citizens Advisory Committee (Comprehensive Land Use Plan) EAR - Vice Chair District 4 (2003-2005)
FAC (Florida Association of Counties)
  • Board of Directors - Board Member & “At-Large” Representative (2013 to 2018)
  • Federal Committee – Policy Leader (2017-2018); Vice Chair (2018-2019)
Florida Humanities Council – Board Member (Appointed by Governor Rick Scott - 2012-2015)
Florida State Greenways and Trails Council (2002-2012)
NACO (National Association of County Officials)
  • Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee/Workforce Development Subcommittee – Vice Chair (2016-2018)
  • International Economic Task Force Committee – Vice Chair (2016-2017); Chair (2017/2018 & 2018/2019)
Pasco Building Association – 2001-2006; Board of Directors (2001-2004)
Pasco County Citizens Ordinance Review Committee (1997-2002)
Pasco County School Board – Chair (2004-2010; Elected 2004 & re-elected without opposition in 2008)
Pasco Education Foundation – Dream Builder Society/Cinderella Ball Co-Chair (2008 & 2009)
Pasco Tourist Development Council – Chair (2016-2018)
Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Appointed twice by Governor Bush - 2002-2009).
Tampa Bay Political Leadership Institute (2011-2012)
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council

Kathryn Starkey is an incredible leader, and we're proud to honor her service.  Thank you for building up our community, and press on, Kathryn!


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