Cathy Kipp represents House District 52, which is most of east Fort Collins, in the Colorado State Legislature. She is a member of the House Education, Finance, and Appropriations committees. She also currently serves as an Advisor to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, as a member of the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission, the State Board of Equalization, Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force, and the multi-state working group on The Path Forward for Teacher Preparation and Licensure in Early Literacy.
After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science, Cathy moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1985. For twelve years, she worked as a database developer; she later exited the workforce to raise her twin sons. As her sons grew older, Cathy started becoming active in her community and began her education advocacy work.
Cathy is passionate about education in Colorado. Cathy served as a locally elected member of the Poudre School District School Board from 2011 to 2019, and also served a term each as School Board President and Vice President. During her time serving on the school board, Cathy focused on starting monthly listening sessions to make sure that the community’s voice was heard. She also focused on leading the board in education advocacy efforts at both the state and federal levels.
Cathy lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, Don. Their son, Flint, is a published author who graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020 with a degree in Political Science and is engaged to be married. Their other son, Arthur, is currently studying Anthropology at Colorado State University. In her free time, Cathy enjoys spending time with friends and family and reading.