In addition to being a member of NewPower’s Leadership Cabinet, Kay chairs the NewPower Communications Committee. The Communications Committee is responsible for both creating a strategic plan to connect NewPower with the public and implementing that communications plan. The Committee (i) provides constructive feedback and suggestions to the Board on ways to fulfill NewPower’s mission, (ii) provides conducts research and gathers information to create NewPower’s marketing strategies, (iii) plans public relations support for NewPower special projects, and (iv) communicates NewPower’s events, efforts and successes as well as the successes of qualified women seeking office. Current communications channels include NewPower’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts.
Kay’s professional background is as an attorney in the practice of sophisticated commercial real estate development transactions, first in private practice from 1985 to 1991, and thereafter at The Home Depot, Inc. At The Home Depot, she oversaw the legal aspects of the company’s real estate development expansion both nationally and internationally. She received her law degree from the University of Georgia and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. In 2002 she retired from her Home Depot position as Vice President – Real Estate Law. Since that time she has remained actively engaged in community service in many roles over the years including chairing the Woodward Academy’s Primary School’s Parent Club (among other volunteer roles over at the school), formerly serving on the Board of the Upper Chattahoochiee Riverkeeper, promoting the Atlanta screening debut of the film “N.E.D. – No Evidence of Disease”, a documentary about six OBGYN cancer surgeons inspiring hope and a fighting spirit in their patients by blending medicine with music in a rock band, and chairing the endowment board at her church and serving as a Sunday School teacher (among many other volunteer activities at the church).
Currently, in addition to her work at NewPower, Kay dedicates her time as a “Court Appointed Special Advocate” with DeKalb CASA. DeKalb CASA is a non-profit organization and the DeKalb County branch of the National CASA organization whose mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the juvenile court. Kay also volunteers at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society with the Enhanced Services Project, a pro-bono project serving clients who have received brief advice, counsel and self-help materials from Atlanta Legal Aid attorneys, but who may need additional support or basic legal advice on a given topic to be successful.
In her spare time, she is a piano student participating in festivals and competitions with the Georgia National American Federation of Music, and an avid hiker and chef. She has lived with her family in Decatur, Georgia for the past 25 years.