Katherine Gilmore Richardson was born to a teenage South Philly girl and adopted from birth by her loving parents, James and Pastor Lorraine Gilmore. They taught her the values of hard work, perseverance and always reaching back to help others.

She was raised in Wynnefield and is a graduate of Masterman Middle School and the Philadelphia High School for Girls.

Katherine Gilmore Richardson at City Hall
Kathy at City Hall

After graduating from West Chester University, Katherine started her career at the School District of Philadelphia as a long term substitute teacher at Overbrook High School. Later, she worked in healthcare at Pennsylvania Hospital, where she created the first transitional work program for patient care technicians and certified nursing assistants.

Katherine spent more than a decade working for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. She helped gain successful passage of numerous bills which improved quality of life for seniors, families, and children. After a long career of service and more than eleven years working behind the scenes in City Council, Kathy is uniquely qualified to be ready on day one to work hard to provide a better quality of life for our kids, for our neighborhoods and for our city.

Katherine lives with her husband David and their children in Wynnefield in the 52nd Ward 17th Division. Katherine is a proud life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and she most recently served as Vice President of the Philadelphia Young Democrats.