Kathy Bressler received her Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her Masters Degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. She also completed UC Berkeley Extension’s Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning.
Kathy is the co-owner of Lafayette Academy and has been a college counselor for 12 years. She belongs to two different consortiums of college counselors in the Bay Area that meet monthly and has traveled to approximately 40 states visiting hundreds of colleges. Kathy attends many yearly conferences and is a member of the following professional organizations:
- NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
- WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling)
- HECA (Higher Education Consultants Organization)
Personal Information & Experiences
While Kathy raised her four daughters, she was on the Burton Valley PTA Board of Directors, Las Trampas Swim Team Director, and Chair of the Youth Committee and a member of the Board of Directors at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. As parent and later college counselor, Kathy guided her four daughters through significantly different academic experiences. Her oldest daughter, Mallory, graduated from the University of Michigan as a double major in Political Science and Sociology with an emphasis in Education. Mallory managed after-school programs in Boston and NYC, and is now Managing Director at Diatribe. Kathy’s next daughter, Dana, graduated from UC Santa Barbara as a Business Economics major with an emphasis in Accounting. Dana worked at Google, a small tech start up, and is now a Product Manager at Credit Karma. Her youngest daughters are twins, Hillary and Rebecca. Hillary double majored in Sociology and Political Science at UC Davis and has a dog training business in Lamorinda. Becca was a Cognitive Science major at U.C. Berkeley, spent a few years at Pixar, and is the Production Manager at Radiolab in NYC.