Moving Erie County Forward
A proud native of Erie County, Kathy Dahlkemper has served as Erie County Executive since January 2014.
After completing her B.S. in Dietetics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Kathy worked as a registered dietitian while raising five children with her husband, Dan. In 1998 Kathy and Dan Dahlkemper co-founded the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF), renovating a multi-use urban green space in Erie. Kathy served as the Executive Director of LEAF until 2008, while also assisting Dan in running their family business, Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors.
Elected to represent northwestern Pennsylvania, Kathy served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2009-2011. She was the first women to hold this position, and dedicated much of her time since leaving office to efforts encouraging women to pursue public service.
Kathy has completed the Executive Education program “Women and Power: Leadership in a New World” at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, she was a faculty member for The 2012 Project at Rutgers University, which aimed to elect more women to public office. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvanian Center for Women & Politics.
While maintaining a busy schedule during her first term as Erie County Executive, Kathy believes in the importance of family, takes time to enjoy time with her five children and seven grandchildren. Always one to take advantage of Erie County’s natural resources regardless of the season, Kathy enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and spending time on the shores of Lake Erie.