Kitty Percy "has served as Mayor of Eugene, Oregon since January of 2005. She also currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Center for Women Policy Studies in Washington, DC, as well as the Oregon Coalition for Homeless and Runaway Youth. Receiving her B.S. from Western Michigan University, she served in the Peace Corp in Ethiopia, later completing her Graduate Studies in Political Science from California State University, Hayward. After a thirty year career in early childhood education and five years in the Oregon State legislature, from 2000 to 2004 she served as Public Affairs Director for Planned Parenthood Health Services of Southwestern Oregon. She is a recipient of the International Women's Day Human Rights Recognition Award as well as the Award for Dedication and Service for Work with Women's Issues. Her interests include sustainable economic development, social service infrastructure, and education."