About the Executive Director

Kate Karpilow is the Executive Director of the California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), a program of the Public Health Institute. For over 25 years, Ms. Karpilow has managed policy projects and conducted research in the areas of women’s health, child care, child welfare, welfare reform, working families, and health care. At CCRWF, Ms. Karpilow founded and currently directs the Women’s Policy Summit, and previously directed the California Working Families Policy Project and the Primer Project, both of which she founded.

Ms. Karpilow has worked in a variety of positions in local and state government and as a consultant to philanthropic foundations. From 1988-1996, she served as the Executive Director of the California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research (CEWAER), now known as California Women Lead. Ms. Karpilow received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and Social Relations and a B.A. from the University of California, Davis.

Click here for a list of Ms. Karpilow’s most recent publications.

CCRWF works in close collaboration with the scores of individuals and organizations who partner with us through the Women’s Policy Summit and the CCRWF Mentoring Initiative: Pathways to Policy.