Pasadena Area League of Women Voters Passes the Gavel to Pat Coulter

Published : Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 2:35 PM

Pat Coulter succeeds Dorothy Keane, professor emeritus at Cal State LA, as president of the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area.

Coulter will preside over her first all-member meeting Sept. 5 with a program on “Do Elections Still Work:”

Acknowledging Keane’s accomplishment of increasing members by 25 percent with people of all ages, genders and ethnicities, Coulter says, “My hope is to foster even more diversity, equity and inclusion, education and action.”

Former president and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia for 13 years, she was the first woman to lead the 85-year-old affiliate. She is also the first African-American to head the Pasadena Area League of Women Voters.

Coulter also served on numerous commissions, nonprofit boards and task forces in Philadelphia and won scores of awards, including CBS News Radio Women’s Achievement Award. She also is in the Knoxville College Alumni Hall of Fame.

She holds a bachelor of science in music education from Knoxville College, and a masters in education from the University of Louisville. She completed the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Peirce College in Philadelphia.

Prior to heading the Urban League, she worked in business management for career professional services firms such as Lee Hecht Harrison and executive search firm Salveston Stetson Group . Under her leadership as founding executive director of the eastern region of INROADS, a national leadership development organization, the region became the company’s largest.

She moved to California in late 2014, and joined the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area in 2015. She is senior adviser to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Fore of the California league as well as a member of the state league nominating committee.

She has served as founding chair of the immigration committee formed in 2017 and president elect in 2018.

“She brings a vast wealth of experience in developing people and organizations to their full potential,” says Keane. “We are so fortunate to have someone with such an impressive record of improving communities.”







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