Kathleen (Kate) Mulhern Johnson is retired after 39 years of service as a geologist and manager with the U.S. Geological Survey. In retirement she continues to volunteer with community and professional organizations whose goals are to ensure equality of opportunity for women in science, to improve access to quality health care in rural communities, and to enhance community participation in the arts.
Kate was born and raised in New Jersey, majored in geology at Smith College, and earned a Master of Science in Geology from Syracuse University. Her career with USGS allowed her to live in California, Colorado, Washington, and Virginia, and to work in many US states and all continents except Antarctica. On retirement, she and her husband, Bruce Johnson, moved to Cooperstown looking for a small town with a wide range of intellectual and recreational opportunities, excellent health care, and a genuine sense of community.
Kate has served on and led numerous boards and national/international committees, starting while active in student government in high school, college, and graduate school. She was a founding mother of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), and, after serving in a variety of leadership positions over the years, is currently the treasurer of the AWG Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation that raises and allocates funds for AWG projects aimed at encouraging and supporting the participation of women in geoscience. Kate brings to The Guild of Glimmerglass Festival the perspective of an admirer of the arts, a commitment to excellence in management and service delivery well honed in four decades of government service, and experience on boards of local and national organizations