The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to welcome Mayor Elizabeth Kautz as the newest member of our Advisory Council. The WPSP Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the WPSP Director and the Board of Directors on strategy and issues in their individual areas of expertise, in keeping with the goals and initiatives of WPSP. As a member of the Advisory Council, Mayor Kautz  will advise on engaging women leaders in the important decision-making that occurs at the local level.

Elizabeth B. Kautz is was elected Mayor of Burnsville, Minnesota in 1994 and is currently serving her 22nd year as Mayor.

She recently served as President of United States Conference of Mayors and now serves as a Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and Trustee of the US Conference of Mayors, she is Chairperson for the Council of Regents’ St Mary’s University, serves on the Board of Directors for Greater MSP, the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and for the Local Government Advisory Committee to the EPA Administrator, as well as Co-founder of the Regional Council of Mayors and representing Burnsville on numerous local, regional, state, and national boards.

Mayor Kautz received her Master’s Degree in Counselling, Psychology from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago, Illinois and was awarded an undergraduate degree in Theology with a psychology focus from the St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mayor Kautz was one of the first women to serve as a Professional Minister within the Catholic Church as Pastoral Minister

The WPSP Advisory Council consists of various public servants, private-sector leaders, and individuals dedicated to women’s policy and political leadership. See the full list of Advisory Council members here.