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Kathleen Anderson

Kathleen Shields Anderson, J.D., MBA

Executive Director of Operations & Chief of Staff

In November 2012, Kathleen joined the Division of Public Safety as the Director of Operations & External Affairs after five years as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney. In her time in the District Attorney’s Office, Kathleen worked in a number of capacities. In addition to preparing, investigating, and prosecuting major felony cases, including many jury trials, Kathleen participated in efforts to improve pre-trial charging procedures as a member of the District Attorney’s reformed Charging Unit.

Kathleen studied Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross, holds a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and an MBA from Temple University Fox School of Business. Prior to law school, Kathleen served as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. During this time, she was the principal staffer for natural resources, environmental, and international relations appropriations and policy, where she drafted and advocated for related legislation.


  • Under the leadership of Vice President Maureen S. Rush, the Office of the Vice President, along with the Division’s 6 directors, facilitate the strategic and operational mission of the Division of Public Safety. The Office of the Vice President (VPO) manages all media and community communication in conjunction with Penn’s Office of University Communications. The team […]

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