Kathy Allavie has a long history with Riverside Unified School District. Her grandmother attended Riverside’s All-Girls High School. Her father was class president at Old Poly. She herself attended Emerson, Alcott, Victoria, and Harrison Elementary Schools, Chemawa Middle School and Poly High School. Her three daughters have attended Poly High School, King High School and John W. North High School. After graduation, she attended USC, graduating with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 1976.
As a longtime volunteer, Kathy has chaired the City of Riverside's Youth Action Plan and sat on the RUSD Measure B Citizens Oversight Committee. She has served on over 25 community non-profit boards, and been president of the Junior League, the National Charity League and the Riverside Arts Foundation, as well as PTA President at three schools. She has been awarded the 2004 YWCA Woman of Achievement award, the 2005 Family Services Family of the Year for Volunteerism and the Junior League Silver Raincross. She has been Volunteer of the Year at Amelia Earhart Middle School (twice) and John W. North High School. She was honored by the City of Riverside with the Spirit Award for outstanding volunteerism in September 2011 and an Outstanding Leader of Riverside by the Raincross Group.
Kathy is a big believer in the fine arts, and supports music, art and theater in the community and in schools. She developed arts fundraisers like the GHOSTWALK Riverside, the Giant Orange Project, and Art Float – Riverside to name just a few. She loves Riverside history and supports the Mission Inn Foundation, the Fox Theater Foundation and the Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery.