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Meet Kathy Hart

I grew up in Webster Groves and feel fortunate to continue to call this community my home. I graduated from Holy Redeemer and Nerinx Hall, where I currently serve on the Board of Directors. After earning my Bachelors’ Degree at UM St. Louis, I graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1990.

I have been an Administrative Law Judge for 30 years, and am a nationally certified mediator. I served on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. I recently earned my Prosci certification as a Change Manager, giving me the tools and expertise to manage organizational change. I also completed Lean and SMART project training, giving me valuable tools to boost organizational performance and improve customer service. 

I served on the Webster Groves City Council from 2004-2016. During that time, I approved plans and projects that led to safe and accessible streets, provided support and oversight for the growth of outstanding police and fire services, and planned the development of public spaces, all while keeping the budget balanced. 

Kathy's Accomplishments for Our Community 

City Council Accomplishments:
  • We adopted a fund balance policy and a debt management policy that resulted in an increase in our credit rating.  This saved us substantial money allowing us to refinance prior debt, reduce costs to issue bonds to rebuild our streets, and reduce costs to issue bonds to build our new firehouse.  

  • We created a fiscally stable environment without cutting city services, police, or fire protection. We went from a city with deficit spending and police and fire layoffs to a city with balanced budgets with a surplus for each of the 12 years I served.

  • We lowered the real estate property tax rate.

  • As a Council Member, we had regular meetings with the Webster Groves School Board to discuss mutual areas of support.  As Mayor, I will reinstitute those meetings because our School District is crucial to the fabric of Webster Groves.
  • We significantly beautified our city, improved nearly all of our parks, built the Sculpture Park, and began the process to improve Barbre Park.

  • We built a new fitness center, gym, and meeting rooms.

  • We completed a plan to rebuild many of our streets.

  • We attracted new retail and new restaurants.  We became a dining destination!

  • We became the 55th Green Power Community in the United States. 

  • We established the Arts Commission. Their work has resulted in a community in which visual and performing arts are embraced and celebrated by residents and visitors alike.   

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Kathy was the co-founder BAMSL’s Project Angel Tree 1994 and project chair 2006-2008. This is an annual holiday party for St. Louis area children who are either in the foster care system or have a parent in prison. Children are matched with volunteers from the St. Louis legal community, who purchase gifts from the child’s wish list. In the late-1990s, we partnered with the St. Louis Rams, and the party expanded and moved to the Dome. This allowed us to serve nearly 3,000 children each year. The children were able to meet the players, play games on the field, have lunch, get their picture taken with Santa, and bring their gifts home. For many children, this was their only holiday celebration. Thanks to the generosity of the legal community, the project continues, and the party is held at Chaiffetz Arena. An estimated 50,000 children have benefitted from this project.   

  • In 2020, The St. Louis Bar Foundation recognized Project Angel Tree with the Spirit of Justice Award.
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) Habitat for Humanity Co-Chair 1997-2000.  Kathy co-chaired the committee to first raise the funds and then build a Habitat home for a single mother and her children. This involved numerous fundraisers and coordinating volunteers to build each weekend for approximately four months.
  • Kathy was recognized by the American Bar Association with the Nationwide Outstanding Public Service Project award in 1999 for her work with with BAMSL's Habitat for Humanity. 
  • Kathy chaired a number of other Bar Association community service projects, including the Necessities Drive to collect items for Women and Children’s Shelters, the Service to Seniors Project, the Charity Fashion Show, the ABA Fall National Conference Host Committee, the Children and Adult Abuse Committee, and the Youth Empowerment Summit Committee.   
  • Kathy was elected to the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council from 1997-2000. She served as Newsletter Editor, and was awarded 2nd Place in the ABA National Young Lawyers Division Newsletter Category in 2000.   
  • Kathy co-founded the Dan Kelly Golf Tournament in 1994 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The tournament partnered with the St. Louis Blues, and the project grew into the St. Louis Blues “14 Fund”, raising money for cancer care and awareness initiatives.
  • Kathy founded the Kids’ Chance of Missouri golf tournament in 1996 to raise money to support the education of children who have a parent who was seriously injured or killed in a work-related accident. 
Public Service Accomplishments: 
  • Kathy assists in training CHAMP support dogs in court.
  • Kathy has been on the Nerinx Hall Board of Directors since 2009. She served as Board Chair from 2019 - 2021. 
  • Under Kathy's leadership, Nerinx Hall recently completed major campus renovations and is preparing a capital campaign to build a STEM building. The current Freshman class will be the 100th graduating class of Nerinx Hall.  
  • Kathy chaired BAMSL’s Lawyer as a Public Servant speaker series in 2011 and 2012. She planned 5 seminars with judges and elected officials speaking about their role as a public servant. In recognition of the success of the project, she was awarded the Bar Association President’s Outstanding Service Award.  
  • Kathy co-founded the David Long Foundation in 2017 to raise funds to assist in research, diagnosis, treatment, education and prevention of skin cancer in children and young adults; and to provide support to families affected by childhood and young adult cancer.  
  • Kathy was awarded the Missouri Lawyers’ Media Women’s Justice Award for Public Service in 2017, in recognition of her decades of service to the citizens of Missouri as a Judge and to the citizens of Webster Groves as a Council Member. 
  • Kathy served as voluntary faculty for the SLU School of Law and taught a Workers' Compensation course for several years. She served as a mentor for a law student through the Judicial Process Internship Clinic, teaching her the operations of the court and research and writing workers' compensation trial decisions. 

"I have unrivaled experience building solid relationships and community partnerships, while balancing the needs of our residents with financial responsibility. Join me in continuing to make Webster Groves a wonderful place to live, work and play – for everyone."


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