Wisconsin State House District 4
2020 Race Update: Kathy lost 47.01% to 52.99%
Kathy Hinkfuss is a deeply-rooted, Brown County native, raised in West De Pere. She and her husband Tim are the proud parents of three children that they raised in western Green Bay. Kathy’s background and accomplishments as a nurse, executive at a Fortune 200 healthcare company, and CEO of a local non-profit make her the best person to bring fair and accurate representation to her district. Kathy’s life experiences have led her to a purposeful decision to run for the Wisconsin State Assembly.
Kathy’s father is a retired Journeyman Electrician and her mother was a homemaker. Kathy’s civic and community engagement began early in life as an active 4-H member, competing every year at the Brown County Fair in gardening, sewing, and art. Through her community and family, she learned the value of hard work.
She studied practical nursing at NWTC and completed five years of clinical work, which led her to join a growing insurance company, Wisconsin Employers Group, later acquired by Humana. While working there full-time, Kathy earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Silver Lake College. Wearing many hats and developing wide-ranging skills, she ultimately became the Vice President of National Service Operations. As a VP of service, Kathy was responsible for the work and lives of 5,000 employees and a $170 million budget.
In 2011, Kathy became the CEO of the YWCA Greater Green Bay. During her rewarding time with the organization, she completed a $3.3 million Capital Campaign. The YWCA opened the Women’s Empowerment Center, offering Family GED Classes and work-force training. The Childcare Center attained 5 star accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the gold standard in Childcare.
In 2014, Kathy earned her master’s degree in business administration from UW-Oshkosh. Currently, she is a commissioner for the City of Green Bay on the Redevelopment Committee. She most recently graduated from Emerge Wisconsin, an organization that trains Democratic women running for local, state, and federal offices.