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Ambassador Kathryn Hall

January 1, 2007

2007 – Dallas, Texas and Rutherford, California

Ambassador Kathryn Hall has had a distinguished career as a successful attorney, legislative liaison, business woman, community activist, and diplomat. After graduating from law school, she began as assistant city attorney in Berkeley, California. Later, she joined Safeway Stores in Oakland where she was responsible for developing and administering one of the nation’s first and largest affirmative action programs, and later for administering the company’s legislative liaison program. Subsequently, she continued her work as an attorney and business woman in Dallas, Texas, where she was president of an inner-city development company and partner of Hall Financial Group, Inc. Long committed to social issues, Kathryn has served on numerous non-profit and institutional boards. She co-founded the North Texas Food Bank, served on the U.S. House of Representatives Hunger Advisory Committee, and was the director/vice president of the Texas Mental Health Association. She has served on the National Advisory Council for Violence against Women and as trustee of the WoodrowWilson International Center for Scholars. From 1997 to July 2001, Kathryn served as the United States Ambassador to Austria, with responsibilities that included political advocacy, promotion of American business, security, agricultural and defense matters. Among other accomplishments, Ambassador Hall led the Embassy team in the negotiation of resolutions relating to holocaust restitution in Austria and eastern Europe and led a successful effort to enhance opportunities for more than 500 American businesses with operations in Austria. Since returning to the U.S., Kathryn has resumed her role as proprietor of HALL Wines. She serves as a trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and of Cal Performances, at the University of California in Berkeley and is the director of the Napa Emergency Women’s Services and the Dallas Symphony. Ambassador Hall is married to Craig Hall. Together they have a blended family of four children.