Kathleen Winn has a proven record of producing results while working in business, government, and most recently advocating for victims of human, sex, and drug trafficking. Kathleen was one of the founders of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network and is Executive Director of Project 25 which sources VAST (Valley AGinst Sex Trafficking and AZMEN, an organization focused on resetting the culture for boys and men to contribute to healthy families and communities.
Kathleen was the source person for the World Summit: Ending Sexual Exploitation 2025, hosted by former President Carter, the Carter Center, and the International Rotary in May of 2015. The summit produced a ten-year plan to create safe environments for women, children, and all those who are forced into modern-day slavery. Findings were presented to the United Nations. Participants came from fourteen different countries and created dialogue between law enforcement, legislative leaders, survivor services, and business to develop short-term and long-term solutions.
In January of 2015, Kathleen completed four years as the Community Outreach and Education Director of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. In this capacity, she worked on veteran’s issues and assisted in establishing specialized veterans courts, as well as provided awareness for senior on fraud, identity theft, and senior scams. The Outreach division was responsible for thousands of presentations on Internet safety, anti-bullying, and substance abuse. It also led anti-trafficking efforts directly out of the Attorney General’s office while under her direction. Kathleen directed and was responsible for $450,000 in grant funding used to inform the public on public safety issues.
Prior to serving the State of Arizona, Kathleen held a mortgage banker and real estate broker’s license for twenty-seven years. Kathleen was a consistent top-producer, putting together complex real estate transactions and providing funding to those purchasing residential and commercial properties. She had a proven track record and understood the importance of home ownership. In the early part of her career, she helped found New Beginnings, a homeless shelter for women and children that is now thirty years old.
Kathleen has resided in Arizona for forty years. She moved to Arizona from Chicago in 1976 to attend the University of Arizona, where she graduated in 1980 with a degree in Radio/Television. She began her career as a television news reporter. Kathleen transitioned into real estate in 1984. She moved to Mesa nearly twenty years ago when she married Al Winn. Kathleen and Al have seven children—two sons and five daughters. Kathleen and Al also have five granddaughters. They raised all of their children in Mesa and taught Sunday school at Central Christian for fourteen years. Al Winn retired as Vice President of Apache and AH Programs for Boeing. Boeing is the third largest employer in Mesa.
Kathleen served as a member of the Governor’s ASAP Board (Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership) from 2011 to 2015. Kathleen is also a member of the Marine Corp Scholarship Fund for Arizona, Army Aviation Association of America, City of Phoenix Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force. She chaired numerous task forces, events, and created programs to educate and create awareness for public safety issues.
Kathleen has her GRI and CRS certifications for real estate. She was a Girl Scout leader and has raised thousands of dollars for local charities. Kathleen served on a special committee last year for the City of Mesa that changed the ordinances for massage parlors—regulating hours of operation and licensing.
As a businesswoman, advocate, mother, grandmother, and public servant, Kathleen Winn brings a broad, extensive background to serve Mesa’s second district.