Employment & Human Services Department Commissioner

A native Californian, Kathy Gallagher received her Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in Behavioral Science and Political Science, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Prior to joining Contra Costa County, Ms. Gallagher led the Department of Social Services in Santa Barbara County for nine years. Before that, she worked her way up the ranks to Assistant Director of Santa Clara County’s Social Service Agency. Ms. Gallagher’s dedication to the field of human services began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Columbia, leading to a lifelong advocacy for those in poverty, and victims of abuse and neglect.