Kathleen Lynn Marie Wilkes
Kathleen “Kathi” Wilkes raised the bar and set the standard for all those around her as well as other seasoned professionals. Her professional career was a composite of numerous fields including: registered nurse, college professor, practicing attorney. government relations & business consultant, Chief of Staff for a congressional representative, senior policy advisor and a Capitol Hill lobbyist. Kathi was a woman of many triumphs who had a great fondness for young people. She was an adventurous entrepreneur and was equipped to climb the highest mountains and obtain the greatest achievements. Two of her many accomplishments included raising over $16 million dollars for the historic Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial as well as working with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to secure substantial funding for the historic Sojourner Truth bust which is placed in the Washington, D.C. Capitol Rotunda. Kathi was a true servant, community leader and mentor to many staffers on Capitol Hill where she was an advisor to many Congressional Black Caucus members over many years. She was a dedicated member of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation-Black Women’s Roundtable and served as a founding board member for Bennett College’s Save a Girl, Save A World mentoring program. She had a “true” passion for mentorship, politics and was actively involved in community advocacy. Kathi made her heavenly transition in July, 2012 and she is missed by many who loved her and worked with her.